EdM in Language & Literacy Education

The Master of Education Language & Literacy Education program is designed for graduate students who 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.


  • Language Education
  • Literacy Education
  • ASL/Deaf Studies

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More About Our Program

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. You will learn alongside nationally-acclaimed faculty in Literacy, Language, Deaf Studies, TESOL, and Bilingual Education, as well as highly motivated and thoughtful peers.

Vision Statement of the Department of Language and Literacy Education

As faculty and students of the Language and Literacy Education Department:

  • We advocate for equitable and just education systems;
  • We strive to disrupt deficit discourses and foster asset-based approaches;
  • We cultivate practices that are based on research, theory, and community cultural knowledge;
  • We embrace multilingualism and multiliteracies; and
  • We engage in research that contributes to evolving understandings of language and literacy education.

Career Outcomes

  • Instructional Leader
  • Literacy and Language Specialist
  • Instructional Coach
  • Curriculum Development
  • Adult Literacy Teacher
  • Policy-maker and Advisor
  • Community Organizer

Program Requirements

  • Visit the BU Bulletin for information on this program’s academic requirements.

Program Faculty

Andrew R. Bottoms, Instructor, Program Co-Director for Deaf Studies

Naomi Caselli, Assistant Professor

Todd Czubek, Lecturer

Elena Forzani, Assistant Professor

Katherine Frankel, Assistant Professor, Program Director for Literacy and Reading Education

Emily Glenn-Smith, Instructor

Laura Jiménez, Lecturer, Department Chair for Language and Literacy Education

Yasuko Kanno, Associate Professor, Program Director for Language Education

Amy Lieberman, Assistant Professor, Program Co-Director for Deaf Studies

Josh Mora, Instructor

Maria C. Olivares, Research Assistant Professor

Eli Tucker-Raymond, Research Associate Professor

Beth Warren, Professor, Director, Earl Center for Learning and Innovation

Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission, please contact Program Directors, Dr. Katherine Frankel (Literacy and Reading Education), kfrankel@bu.edu; Dr. Yasuko Kanno (Language Education), yakkanno@bu.edu; Dr. Amy Lieberman (ASL & Deaf Studies), alieber@bu.edu.

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