Loyola University Maryland ranked No. 10 on the national list of the “Best Online Master’s in Reading and Literacy Programs of 2024” by BestColleges.com, an online resource for education planning and advice. The ranking recognizes Loyola’s online Master of Education in literacy for reading specialists.
“This is a great honor to be recognized for our exemplary program by BestColleges,” said Kristina Collins, co-director of the literacy-reading program at Loyola. “This recognition highlights our commitment to producing highly qualified literacy leaders and professionals who embody our mission of literacy-reading being a fundamental human right and social justice issue. We developed our program to meet the highest international standards of the field and most current literacy-reading research.”
Loyola’s Master of Education is a 30-credit fully online synchronous program designed for experienced classroom teachers who want to develop literacy education and leadership skills. The program helps teachers earn certification by the Maryland State Department of Education as reading specialists based on and aligned with the International Literacy Association Standards.
“We develop teachers into K-12 literacy-reading specialists, coaches, and district/school leaders who have deep knowledge and skills in applying scientific, researched practices to improve student, faculty, and school-wide outcomes. We serve our local communities by embedding clinical coursework throughout our program. Our graduate students have a direct, positive, and meaningful impact in the schools and districts where they teach and lead,” Collins said.
To determine the ranking, BestColleges.com incorporated metrics such as affordability, student outcomes, flexibility and accessibility, and ease of admissions. These metrics were taken directly from the website’s College Choice and Admission Survey, reflecting the preferences and priorities of students from across the country.