Advance your career with a Master's in Literacy Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialty in Literacy Education is designed to enable teachers to develop the competencies that qualify them as reading specialists according to the criteria of the International Literacy Association and the Michigan Department of Education. Our program prepares teachers to improve students’ reading and language skills in all content areas.

You will gain field experience in a variety of district types (urban, suburban, rural) and establish professional relationships. Our graduates also serve as literacy coaches at all grade levels.


Student Success

MLE Student Success

Kathryn Patel '18

Kathryn is currently working for the Learning Care Group in Novi, as an Education Specialist, writing curriculum and training teachers for private early childhood programs. According to Kathryn, “The knowledge I have gained through the MLE program has helped me better communicate with early childhood professionals, giving them valuable resources, through in person meetings, conference calls, emailed newsletters, and webinars. I am now able to help teachers set up more effective and functional classrooms, based on guided reading practices. My experience as an MLE graduate has also helped me to write developmentally appropriate activities for all students,


Elementary Literacy Graduate Certificate

This 9 semester hour program is designed to enable teachers to develop competencies in the development of assessment and instruction of literacy for elementary learners, as well as improve understanding of essential early literacy practices to best meet the needs of all learners in the primary grades, and struggling learners in the upper grades.

Plan of Study

Secondary Content Literacy Graduate Certificate

This 9 semester hour program is designed to enable teachers to develop competencies in the development of content literacy, assessment, and instruction of adolescent learners, as well as improve understanding of literacy development to help meet the needs of struggling adolescent readers.

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Faculty Bios

Sue Ann Sharma

Chair of Graduate Education,


B.S. University of Michigan - Flint

M.Ed. Oakland University

Ed.S. Oakland University

Ph.D. Oakland University


734-432-5785, 2230G

Sue Ann Sharma

Dr. Sue Ann Sharma is Professor and Chair of Graduate Education at Madonna University. With extensive experience in education, including having served as a curriculum director, literacy coach, and elementary teacher. In addition to her academic leadership, Dr. Sharma is the Director of the Early Childhood Education and Graduate Literacy programs within the College of Education.

Passionate about educational excellence, Dr. Sharma is dedicated to preparing teachers to address the diverse needs of learners. Her commitment extends to developing instructional literacy leaders, contributing to the future of education. As an advocate for literacy, she has actively served on the International Reading Association's Literacy Reform Task Force and holds the position of Past President at the Michigan Reading Association.

Dr. Sharma's academic pursuits focus on early childhood education, culturally responsive pedagogies, digital curation, and online teaching and learning. Through her research, she aims to advance knowledge in these critical areas, contributing to the ongoing evolution of effective educational practices. A respected figure in academia, Dr. Sue Ann Sharma continues to inspire and shape the educational landscape, leaving an indelible mark through her leadership, research, and commitment to fostering excellence in teaching and learning.


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Bridget ReganAdjunct Professor

B.S. Eastern Michigan University

M.A. Eastern Michigan University

Ph.D. Madonna University


Bridget Regan

Bridget Regan is a Literacy Consultant for Wayne County RESA (Regional Education Service Agency) and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Literacy at Madonna University.  Mrs. Regan has been in education for 24 years as is passionate about preparing educators as they strive to become exceptional while utilizing research based instructional practices each and every day in their classrooms.

Mrs. Regan has served in many roles in her career including:  4th & 8th grade Teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher & Learning Specialist, Literacy Facilitator, Elementary Principal and more recently as a Literacy Consultant at the county level.  Mrs. Regan believes that teachers are leaders and that they can be the change we wish to see in the world.

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Julie Abeska


Adjunct Professor

B.S. Western Michigan University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ed.S. Oakland University


Julie Abeska


Julie Abeska is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education at Madonna University.  She is also the District Information and Technology Specialist at West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield, MI. 

Mrs. Abeska has served in many roles in her career including: Elementary Information and Technology Specialist; Coordinator of Communication Arts, Assessment, and Evaluation K-12; Reading Specialist/Reading Recovery Teacher; K - 5th Grade Teacher.

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Karen Obsniuk

Dean, College of Education and Human Development

M.A. Wayne State University

Ph.D. Wayne State University


734-432-5648, 2230D

Karen Obsniuk

Karen L. Obsniuk, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Education. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 1996. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty, while working in K-12 schools as a teacher and school administrator. She completed her doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision, with a cognate in curriculum, and her M.A. in Administration and Supervision, with a cognate in curriculum, and her M.A. in English Literature, at Wayne State University. She teaches in the areas of educational practice and action research.

Her interests include educational change, K-12 student behavior, literacy intervention with at-risk students, and quality of work life issues for teachers. Her research has been mixed methods research primarily with pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, and EL learners. She is actively engaged in the field of education through her work at the State and local levels, serving on State committees and a local board. 

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