Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 2 Semesters
  • 32 Credits


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Multiple Start Dates
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

The Master of Education (EdM) in Language & Literacy Education at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is a non-licensure program for professionals who wish to study literacy development and language acquisition, with a strong emphasis on building on students’ linguistic and cultural backgrounds and on students’ development of bilingual/multilingual competence.

For the master’s in Language & Literacy Education, you can choose one of the three specializations: language education, literacy education, or American Sign Language (ASL) & Deaf studies. You’ll explore research and practice that informs the acquisition, development, and use of language and literacy in home, school, and community settings. This master’s program is typically completed in about two semesters and can be started in the fall or spring. It does not lead to initial teacher licensure, although some coursework may prepare you to eventually seek licensure.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

The faculty in the Language & Literacy EdM are educators and researchers from across BU Wheelock with a strong social justice orientation and a commitment to supporting students from racially and linguistically marginalized communities. They have expertise in many areas of language and literacy development, including biliteracy, TESOL methods, second language acquisition, adolescent literacy, children’s literature, Deaf education, and more.

Career Outcomes

With the expertise you’ll gain with an EdM in Language & Literacy Education, you’ll be able to explore a variety of professional pathways. Graduates of Boston University’s Language & Literacy master’s program hold many different kind of roles in language instruction, literacy development, and educational leadership.

  • Instructional leaders
  • Instructional coach
  • Literacy & language specialist
  • Curriculum developer
  • Adult literacy teacher
  • Policy maker or advisor
  • Community organizer
  • Language/literacy leader
  • Researcher

More Information about the EdM in Language & Literacy Education

Deaf Studies

Boston University’s Deaf Studies program prepares educators using a multilingual ASL/English approach. Explore the Deaf Studies program at BU Wheelock to learn more.

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about the EdM in Language & Literacy Education. Get information about application deadlines and requirements, and sign up for an upcoming information session.

Financing Your Education

There are several flexible options for financing your Boston University graduate education. Learn more about financial assistance, including scholarships and fellowships.

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