An innovative and culturally responsive approach to literacy development

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.

Improving literacy through research and practice

The MEd LLL allows you to 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

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.


While earning their MEd, students can also simultaneously work toward one or more of four possible endorsements:

  • State of Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement
  • State of Illinois Reading Specialist, grades K to 12
  • State of Illinois Bilingual Education Endorsement
  • State of Illinois English as a Second Language Endorsement

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Program Contacts

Office of Student Services

1040 W. Harrison St., 3145 ETMSW, Chicago, Illinois 60607