MA Language and Literacy

The M.A. in Language and Literacy degree program, originally founded in 1956, was one of Cardinal Stritch University's and the nation’s first graduate degrees to respond to the need for well-prepared teachers and specialists in reading.


The Master of Arts in Language and Literacy and 316 Reading Teacher (K-12) Licensure is a 20-credit graduate-level program offered through the Department of Language and Literacy. The coursework is intended to prepare teachers to provide focused and intensive instruction for children, especially those who struggle with literacy development in grades K-12. Teachers can immediately apply the knowledge and skills gained from their coursework to their present classroom situations.

Earning this licensure allows you to make a difference in students’ lives by learning ways to support literacy skills in all grade levels K-12.

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Program Format

All credits earned upon completion of 316 Licensure coursework directly apply toward a Master of Arts in Language & Literacy. An additional 11 credits are required for the master’s degree, which also results in a 17 Reading Specialist License.

This program provides an in-depth study of research and practice in literacy with other K-12 teachers in the Milwaukee Area. The coursework and sequence is designed for working teachers: classes are taught one night per week for one year, and students complete one semester of practicum work.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (September)
  • Spring (January)
  • Summer (July)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (probational acceptance may be granted)
  • A photocopy of your teaching license
  • Two attitude and disposition questionnaires, one completed by your building principal or department leader, and one completed by another individual who can comment on your professional leadership abilities
  • Professional access to struggling readers

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