Texas Tech University

Language & Literacy


The Language & Literacy graduate program is guided by an understanding of literacy as a developmental process. Coursework emphasizes theories of literacy as a socio-cultural practice where student engagement with texts and literacy tasks are central to effective instruction.

This philosophy and pedagogical approach translates into learning environments where students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, curriculum is built on student experience, texts are matched to student interests and aptitude and assessment represents a complex understanding of literacy development. Our faculty believe that an environment rich in opportunities to read, write, speak, view, and navigate text fosters lifetime habits of learning, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and global sensitivities.

Degrees Offered

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Language & Literacy

Also offered: Developmental Literacy Certificate

Offered: Online

Career Opportunities With This Degree

M.Ed. and Advanced Certifications

  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist in Literacy
  • Community College Level Instructor/Developmental Literacy Instructor

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Three Professional Recommendations, Two Writing Samples, Applicant Statement. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Semester in which the program can be started

Continuous enrollment, students may begin coursework during any semester.

Application deadline: rolling

Estimated Hours to Completion

36 hours of coursework.

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 hours maximum

Financial Aid

Scholarships and assistantships for doctoral students are available through the office of graduate education and research in the College of Education.

Program-Specific Scholarships Offered

Contact Dr. Mellinee Lesley for information about program-specific scholarships and aid.

Tuition & Fees

Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.


Brianna Sanchez
Academic Advisor

Dr. Shirley Matteson

Dr. René Saldaña

Dr. Mellinee Lesley