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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies Online

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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in 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 that address the literacy-learning needs of all students. The M.Ed. in C&I – Literacy Studies is a 30 credit-hour, fully online, non-thesis master’s degree that prepares Texas graduates for Reading Specialist, TESOL and Master Reading Teacher certifications.

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icon $8,200 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
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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.

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Choose from these certifications:

  • Reading Specialist—This is an advanced certification that teachers may add to their existing credential upon completion of two year's teaching experience and a master's degree. 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 four specifically designed graduate courses focused on English Language Learners. 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.

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 two years of teaching experience.

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

  1. hold a valid Texas teacher certificate,
  2. document two years of classroom teaching experience in a Texas Education Agency accredited public school or Texas Education Agency accredited private school,
  3. 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
  4. 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

The Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Literacy Studies at the University of Texas Arlington is Nationally Recognized by the International Literacy Association. The International Literacy Association affirms that excellent teaching is delivered by excellent teachers. Professional educators need preparation that addresses the challenges of today's classrooms so all children can be successful. The International Literacy Association is a strong advocate for teacher education and actively participates in programs and organizations dedicated to producing high-quality educator programs.

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"I felt more like a person they knew and wanted to know, even with distance learning, than I have felt in some brick-and-mortar classrooms. [The faculty] really go out of their way to make you feel known, respected and cared about – I love that about UTA."

Holly Poe, M.Ed.Graduate of UTA's online M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Literacy Program


The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies online program offers multiple start dates and is ideal for students who seek to balance jobs, families, education and social lives.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/22/2019 12/17/2018 12/17/2018 1/16/2019 1/18/2019 Spring
3/18/2019 2/15/2019 2/15/2019 3/13/2019 3/15/2019 Spring
5/13/2019 4/12/2019 4/12/2019 5/8/2019 5/10/2019 Summer
6/24/2019 5/31/2019 5/31/2019 6/19/2019 6/21/2019 Summer
8/26/2019 7/26/2019 7/26/2019 8/21/2019 8/23/2019 Fall
10/21/2019 9/27/2019 9/27/2019 10/16/2019 10/18/2019 Fall

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"Online was the ideal way to get a master's. It was still a lot of work, but it was definitely doable while I worked full-time."

Lisa Schmalhausen, M.Ed.Graduate of UTA’s Online M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Literacy Program


The UTA College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies program. Find out the requirements for this online program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them below.

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Applicants 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*

  • Two or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Undergraduate transcripts with a 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours or 3.0 cumulative GPA as calculated by the Graduate School, whichever is higher. A 3.0 GPA on the last 9 hours of graduate coursework may be considered in place of undergraduate GPA.
  • Two professional letters of reference. Download the Letter of Reference form (.pdf).

*In addition to program-area requirements, meet documents required for TEA reporting, including:

  • A written response to the given prompt (fulfills "other screening instrument" as required by The Texas Education Agency).
  • Completion of Attestation and FERPA forms.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admissions deadline, but who otherwise appear 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 accelerated online Master of Education programs.

Student Requirements

Background Check Information

Educators beginning a graduate accelerated online program leading to Texas certification/licensure must meet background check requirements.

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following:

  • In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  • If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  • You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation. View more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation

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

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

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

Lynnette SnyderUTA 2012 Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Graduate


Upon acceptance to your UTA accelerated online program, a course map indicating the course sequence will be provided.

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.

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LIST 5316: Literacy Practicum I

Duration: 15 weeks offered concurrently with two additional courses over an entire semester  |  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.

LIST 5326: Pre-Adolescent & Adolescent Literacy

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.

LIST 5373: Foundations of Literacy Learning in EC-6 Classrooms

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.

LIST 5361: Language Learning: Educational Perspectives Practicum II

Duration: 15 weeks offered concurrently with two additional courses over an entire semester  |  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.

LIST 5354: Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults

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.

LIST 5345: Content Area Reading and Writing

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.

LIST 5325: Understanding Literacy Research

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.

LIST 5350: Literacy Assessment

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

LIST 5346: Teaching the Writing Process

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.

LIST 5317: Literacy Practicum III

Duration: 15 weeks offered concurrently with two additional courses over an entire semester  |  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.

*Per-course tuition based on 3 credit-hour courses.

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