Developmental Studies with a concentration in Literacy & Language Education

Reading. Writing. Thinking. Speaking. Viewing. Listening. Sharing.

What do we need to know to help children, adolescents, and adults achieve the literacy and language proficiencies they will need to successfully navigate their way in our multimodal world?

Join us as we work together to answer that question!

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) degree programs in Language and Literacy Education are designed for graduate students who hold a master’s degree in education or a related field and are interested in research and practice in literacy and language in public and non-public education settings. The course of study addresses research and theory that informs the acquisition, development, and use of language and literacy in home, school, and community settings.

You may choose a concentration in either Language Education or Literacy Education; you may also plan a course of study that includes courses from both disciplines. In both concentrations, you will come to understand literacy and language use as socially-important practices. You will learn to create and critically examine learning contexts that are consistent with the linguistic and literacy demands of our increasingly multimodal world, and that will promote literacy and language as pathways to achieving socially just and equitable educational opportunities for all learners. As a capstone experience, you will apply your understandings to solve a problem of practice in a school, community, or policy setting of your choosing. Throughout, you will learn alongside nationally-acclaimed faculty in Literacy, Language, Deaf Studies, TESOL, and Bilingual Education as well as highly motivated and thoughtful peers.

Those who enter these programs are diverse in background experience: some are licensed educators with experience in public school settings; others hold undergraduate or graduate degrees in fields other than education and have had experiences in various educational settings, including private or community education, or organizations such as Peace Corps and Teach for America. Many are international students whose experiences are in public or private school settings in their own countries.

Our programs in Language and Literacy Education:

  • Allow individuals to choose from a large collection of relevant courses in Language and Literacy Education to craft a program of study.
  • Enroll a diverse array of professionals holding relevant Master’s degrees, including classroom teachers, literacy and language specialists, researchers, policymakers, and community educators.
  • Explore and act on the implications for literacy and language use in a multimodal, global society.
  • Conclude with a capstone experience in which participants apply their understandings to solve a problem of practice in a school, community, or policy setting.
  • Prepare graduates for a variety of career options in schools, communities, government, and private and public organizations as teachers, researchers, and policymakers.

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Jeanne R. Paratore,, 617-353-3285
Graduate Admissions:, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.