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Choices With an Online Master’s Degree in Literacy Studies

Experts believe that the future of education is in online learning. In today’s job market, the demand for highly educated workers is greater than ever before — many even think that an advanced degree is now necessary. By pursuing an online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on literacy studies, you can advance your career at your own pace, without interfering with your existing personal and professional obligations.

Specialized Study

The University of Texas at Arlington offers flexibility in its online degrees. Students in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program can choose from three literacy studies certificate tracks: Reading Specialist, English as a Second Language and Master Reading Teacher (MRT).

Foundations of Literacy

The Reading Specialist program focuses on the foundations of literacy and research-based reading and literacy curricula. This prepares students for an advanced national certification and covers developmental stages of language, literacy assessment, instruction and reading difficulties. You will also learn professional leadership skills and collaboration with educational stakeholders.

Meeting Diverse Needs

More students are learning English as a second language, so it is more important than ever to become certified in ESL. In Texas, ESL is an add-on certificate that teachers can earn with only 12 hours of graduate coursework. The UT Arlington M.Ed. program offers an emphasis in the ESL that focuses on fundamentals of the English language and equips the student-teacher with strategies and tactics for addressing the specific needs of diverse learners.

Master Reading Teacher Certification

UTA also offers a Master Reading Teacher Certification. This program helps teachers develop research-based reading instruction skills in collaboration with faculty and classmates. Students in the MRT program also learn to identify reading disabilities, develop specific instructional models in response, and make decisions about educational programs.

The University of Texas at Arlington prides itself on flexibility. With three different specialties in literacy studies, the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction allows you to advance your career without putting your life on hold. Offering research-based instruction, professional leadership skills and specialized strategies for learning disabilities, UTA’s online Master of Education degree program can help you remain competitive in today’s job market.

Learn more about the UT Arlington online M.Ed. in literacy studies.


Sources:

The Huffington Post: The Benefits of Online Learning

Texas Education Agency: Reading Specialist Standards


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