The MEd in Language, Literacies and Learning (LLL) program prepares educators to meet the unique challenges of language and literacy learning in a multicultural and digital world. The program promotes an expansive definition of literacy that includes digital as well as hands-on learning, with a focus on teaching in multicultural, multilingual urban contexts and addressing issues of language and literacy among English learners.

Learn from our faculty experts in curriculum and instruction, literacy, language and culture

Through coursework with our Curriculum & Instruction faculty, become an expert in one or more of the following areas:

  • Language and literacy instruction (including ESL, critical digital literacies) in elementary classrooms, secondary classrooms, and alternative settings such as out-of-school contexts and adult education contexts
  • Language and literacy research and its impact on practice and policy
  • Strategies for school, district, and curricular leaders to support language and literacy teaching and learning

Students can also take advantage of College of Education resources such as the Make Good Lab, the UIC Center for Literacy, and the UIC Reading Clinic.

Program graduates work on positions that build crucial reading and writing skills from early childhood education through adult education, and also serve as educational leaders.

Reading & Bilingual/ESL endorsements for licensed teachers

Licensed classroom teachers can earn the following endorsements in this program:

  • State of Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement
  • State of Illinois Reading Specialist Endorsement
  • State of Illinois Bilingual Education Endorsement
  • State of Illinois English as a Second Language Endorsement

For immediate questions, contact:

Questions about the LLL program? Contact Mary Rose O’Shea, program assistant for the MEd LLL program at

Questions about your application? Contact Ana Valenta, Master’s Programs Advisor at

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