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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies Online

18 Months

36 Credit Hours

$9,840 Tuition

7 Week Courses

Quick Facts

18 Months

30 Credit Hours

$8,200 Tuition

7 Week Courses

About the Program

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington is a program that specializes in advanced coursework designed to meet a variety of professional goals related to improving student literacy. For example, students may pursue professional certificates in several areas:

  • Reading Specialist — This is an advanced national certification that teachers may add to their existing credential upon completion of two year's teaching experience and a master's degree with at least 27 hours of graduate coursework in literacy. Once recommended for the Reading Specialist program from UTA, students may also apply for the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) certificate without the additional MRT exam.
  • English as a Second Language — In Texas, ESL is an add-on certificate that individuals with an initial teaching certificate can add to their existing credential with only 12 hours of graduate coursework. Students are prepared to work with English learners and struggling readers, as well as to take leadership roles within their districts.
  • Master Reading Teacher (MRT) — The MRT Certification provides teachers with the tools to facilitate research-based instruction by communicating and collaborating with all educational stakeholders; mentoring and coaching with colleagues; providing professional development for faculty; and making decisions designed to identify and assist students with reading disabilities. Other opportunities include Reading Specialist, ESL, Instructional Specialist and Literacy Coach.

In addition to these professional certificates, students may choose focused coursework in areas such as writing or working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information.

Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change. You will be notified by the course instructor if there are additional textbook requirements. Students in this program must also purchase Tk20 as part of their course materials for a one-time non-refundable cost of $100 plus tax and fees. It may be purchased online.

Certificate Information

Texas Residents

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies is an approved educator preparation program in Texas. Through this program of study, candidates/students are eligible to seek three certifications: Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, and ESL. Upon completing coursework of the program, students complete a review and practice exam to be approved for applying to take the Reading Specialist exam first. Upon receiving the Reading Specialist certification, candidates are eligible for the Master Reading Teacher certification without taking that exam if they have three years of teaching experience.

To obtain Reading Specialist certification in Texas, candidates must meet a set of requirements of the Texas Education Agency. To obtain a reading specialist certification in Texas, candidates must:

  1. hold a valid Texas teacher certificate,
  2. have two years of classroom teaching experience in a Texas Education Agency accredited public school or Texas Education Agency accredited private school,
  3. document two years of acceptable classroom teaching experience,
  4. complete the practicum experiences of the program in a Texas Education Agency public or Texas Education Agency accredited public or private school (which can be the same school where a candidate teaches), and
  5. pass the Reading Specialist TExES (upon completion of coursework).

Our program requires that candidates apply to take the exam within six months of completing the program, and if a candidate cannot do this, the candidate needs to inform the program coordinator.

Out of State Residents

Out of state students seeking certification in addition to obtaining a master‘s degree can review the requirements for licensure with their state education agency to determine if completion of the Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies at UTA meets their guidelines.

Accreditation Information

Our College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and numerous national organizations as the accrediting body for universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in P-12 schools. NCATE ensures that accredited institutions hold high standards and produce competent, caring, and highly qualified educators and administrators who have proven they can support the learning of all students.

To find out more, contact an enrollment specialist at 866-489-2810.


“The price, the time, doing it online...It was just the perfect program...”

Lynnette Snyder

UTA 2012 Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Graduate

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Online Courses

Upon acceptance to your UTA accelerated online program, a course carousel indicating the course sequence will be provided. Please be aware that courses may be pushed back to the next start date if there is an insufficient number of enrolled students. Our expectation is that all students will enroll in courses as indicated on the carousel and that the program will be completed in a reasonable time frame.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This practicum is for graduate students who want to learn more about literacy education, become literacy coaches/certified Reading Specialists in K-12 schools, and/or to receive ESL certification. The course introduces the national standards for Reading Specialist and ESL certification and offers an overview of comprehensive literacy instruction. The course combines an introduction to the theory, research, and knowledge in the field of literacy with application through field experiences in schools and classrooms.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on literacy theory, research, and practice as it relates to pre-adolescents and adolescents. Addresses sociocultural, cognitive, linguistic, psychological, and developmental influences on literacy. Explores the development of curricular designs for teaching reading/language arts in middle and secondary schools including reading, writing, oral communication, literature, and digital literacy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Balanced literacy approach to literacy instruction in EC-6 classrooms with an emphasis on reading and writing including the critical areas of: phonics, phonemic awareness, word study, fluency, and comprehension. In addition, the course examines various theoretical models of reading along with the principles of teaching reading and writing using a variety of instructional strategies, effective program organization, assessment, and classroom management.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The practicum provides opportunities to apply effective instructional practices in teaching ESL students. Deals with the relationship between first and second language acquisition and literacy, dialect, linguistics, culture; nature and definition of language; overview of linguistic science and language with pedagogical applications.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of literature for children and young adults which reflects the culture and experiences representing cultural, ethnic, geographic, linguistic, gender, ability, and other dimensions of diversity. Consideration of selection guidelines, evaluation of literary quality as well as cultural authenticity and teaching applications, including adaptations for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores methods of teaching reading, writing, and study skills in content area subjects. Emphasis on text structure and the difference between narrative and expository text, graphic organizers for text structure, the reading/writing process as applied to informational text. Classroom adaptations for culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the content areas also will be addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed as an introduction and exploration of literacy research. Provides the opportunity to read broadly in the area of literacy research to become aware of current trends and methodologies. Emphasizes the tools for critically consuming literacy research and utilizing existing research in personal examinations of literacy topics and questions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines formal and informal assessment of student literacy learning and diagnosis of student literacy learning strengths and needs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Current research and theory on the writing process, how children develop as writers, the teacher's role, the learning environment, and motivation, assessment, and evaluation in writing. Current approaches to digital writing and multimodal writing will be explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This practicum is the capstone experience for students in the M.Ed. with Literacy Emphasis who plan to teach reading and writing and become literacy coaches/certified Reading Specialists in K-12 schools. The course provides an opportunity to synthesize the theory and research related to literacy that has been presented in the program, to explore literacy program development and the implementation of technology in literacy programs, and to participate in professional leadership options. Students apply theory/research through field experiences in a professional setting. Students must complete their program portfolio focused on the national Reading Specialist Standards.

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Admissions

Applicant to The University of Texas at Arlington must be able to provide a teacher service record for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies program.

Unconditional Admission

  • Current GRE score of 400 on quantitative section (140 on the revised GRE) and 500 on verbal section (153 on the revised GRE)
  • 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 average on all graduate work
  • 3 letters of reference on file (download the letter of reference form (.pdf))

Probationary Admission

  • 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework AND a 3.0 average on all graduate work
  • Professionally relevant experience
  • Writing sample evaluated by the COEd Graduate Studies Committee. When available, the GRE writing sample will be required for probationary admission.

Terms of Probation upon Acceptance: All students admitted under probation status will be required to earn a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate coursework in the program, with no grade lower than a "B."

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admissions deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements, may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

An applicant's admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

An applicant may be denied admission if the conditions for unconditional and probationary admission have not been met.

In addition, if a student has been suspended or expelled from the University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons, that student may be denied admission or readmission to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.

Student Requirements

After being admitted and after completing any probationary period, students must meet the following:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in order to continue in this graduate program
  • Complete all pre-graduation requirements before registering in the Capstone course
  • Maintain full-time employment teaching in a K–12 classroom/school throughout the course of the program
  • Have a valid state-issued teaching certificate upon enrolling in the program

Additionally, since certification requirements vary among states, students should ensure they are in compliance with these requirements to ensure eligibility for school administrator or reading licensure in their state.

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Costs

Affordability You Can Count On at UTA

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program
Master of Education $273.33 $819.99 $8,200
 

Tuition Guarantee

The tuition deadline is the Friday (by 11:59 PM CT) before the course begins. If tuition is not paid before the deadline, you will be dropped from your course(s).

Starting Fall 2017, the accelerated online programs have new registration deadlines, please visit this updated Registration and Payment information for Accelerated Online Programs.

If you plan to use the UTA website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance at any time. You may also contact Student Accounts at 817.272.2172 for additional information regarding payment.

Fees

All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.

Application Fees

A non-refundable fee as indicated below is required:

  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants with NO foreign college or university course work: $40
  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants WITH foreign college or university course work: $90
  • H1B International Applicants: $90

Reactivation Fees

To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.

Graduation Fees

$40 for first diploma, $20 each additional diploma plus applicable mailing fees, and $60 for late application for graduation.

Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee will be billed to the student's MyMav account.

Payment Options

  • Pay by term

Refund Policy

Students wishing to drop a course and maintain no financial responsibility must do so by 11:59 PM CT before the first class day. The official class day begins at 12:00 AM CT.

The refund policy for sessions of five weeks or less is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day: 80 percent.
  • Second class day: 50 percent.
  • After the second class day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions greater than five weeks but less than 10 weeks is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the third class day: 80 percent.
  • Fourth day through the sixth class day: 50 percent.
  • After the sixth day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions 10 weeks or greater is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the fifth class day: 80 percent.
  • Sixth day through the tenth class day: 70 percent.
  • Eleventh day through the fifteenth class day: 50 percent.
  • Sixteenth day through the twentieth class day: 25 percent.
  • After the twentieth day: No refunds.

The Academic Calendar indicates the deadlines to drop a course with a "W."

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