Literacy & The Teaching of Writing

Master of Education

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Plymouth State’s MEd in Literacy and the Teaching of Writing is designed to meet a wide variety of students’ needs and interests. Students in this program work closely with faculty members who have extensive experience and expertise in the field.

You may complete the program with no concentration or choose the National Writing Project Teacher Consultant concentration or the Teaching Writing concentration. In each option you will take a master’s core component, specialization courses, electives, and a capstone experience to complete the program.

The MEd in Literacy and Teaching of Writing can be completed by itself or students are able to add one of the following concentrations:

  • National Writing Project Teacher Consultant*
  • Teaching Writing

*Can also be completed as a graduate certificate program

Curriculum Requirements
Admission Requirements
The Literacy and Teaching of Writing programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee
Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing Literacy and Teaching of Writing can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2020:

  • Summer 2020 – Extended to April 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 – August 1, 2020
  • Spring 2021 – December 1, 2020

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Summer & Fall Registration Opens April 13

Preview course schedule starting March 27

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left side. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.


  • Revise and edit their writing through successive drafts to clarify and deepen meaning.
  • Create a writing community in their classrooms or other settings.
  • Understand writing as a process of discovery. They will generate and develop ideas, plan, draft, revise, give and receive feedback on their writing and bring it to a final form.
  • Reflect on all they have learned as writers in relation to their teaching lives and their teaching of writing.


  • Read deeply and critically in multiple sources related to the teaching of writing and to examine their practice in the light of what they learn.
  • Appreciate the role professional reading plays in informing practice.
  • Develop an original argument on a topic of interest related to the teaching of writing.
  • Develop a deep understanding of equity in relation to the teaching of writing


  • Develop a repertoire of teaching practices for supporting students as they generate ideas, develop and plan pieces of writing, draft and revise their writing, respond to each other’s work and edit, proofread and prepare their work for wider audiences.
  • Assist students with writing in digital formats and contexts.
  • Identify underlying assumptions in a teaching practice
  • Develop a mindset that values inquiry over set answers
  • Respectfully challenge colleagues’ ideas and receive and consider challenges to their own ideas.


  • Explain the differences between qualitative and quantitative research
  • Explain the background and purpose of teacher research
  • Form the habit of written reflection on daily teaching events.
  • Find and Frame a Research Question
  • Perform a Review of Literature
  • Be familiar with Strategies for Data Collection
  • Formulate a Research Design
  • Be familiar with Strategies for Data Analysis
  • Explain some of the tensions which can arise in teacher research and discuss how they might be resolved.
  • Explain how teacher research might fit into a wider context of school reform
  • Present the results of teacher research in a professional community


  • Plan programming which enables participants to participate actively in writing activities, reflect on what they have learned, and develop implications for their classrooms.
  • Understand and evaluate needs of participants in these professional development activities and design programming in response to those needs.
  • Demonstrate and reflect on one’s growth in confidence and competence in carrying out professional duties
  • Reflect on personal challenges for the type of work carried out during the practicum
  • Analyze relevant literature and evaluate it in relation to the practicum experience
  • Revise professional development pogramming based on the responses of participants

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $535 $40 $575
CAGS $565 $40 $605
EdD $625 $40 $665

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $760 $40 $800
CAGS $670 $40 $710
EdD $750 $40 $790

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.


Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.