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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.A. in Education - Literacy Education Concentration

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

This concentration provides theory, research, knowledge and field experiences for students planning to teach literacy. Reading and writing are presented as linguistic, cognitive and socio-cultural processes in relation to other language arts.

Program Options

Students select from five specialized areas of study: 

  • Teaching Focus - This emphasis is designed for teachers and offers students the flexibility to pursue individual areas of interest.  
  • Research Focus - The research focus is designed for students who want to pursue research in literacy (students in this focus typically pursue the thesis option). 
  • Writing Focus - This focus is designed for teachers with a particular interest in writing instruction and/or creative writing. 
  • Literature Focus - The literature focus is oriented to teachers who wish to explore children’s and young adult literature for use in reading and language arts programs.
  • Reading Specialist Certification - This option leads to completion of the requirements for State Board for Educator Certification as a reading specialist (includes five courses for Master Reading Teacher (MRT) endorsement). 

Depending on their focus area, students in this concentration select from course offerings such as:

  • C&I 5723    Integrating Reading and the Language Arts
  • C&I 5743    Secondary Literacy Development, Diagnosis, and Practicum
  • C&I 5823    Early Literacy Development, Diagnosis, and Practicum
  • C&I 5833    Picture Books and the Practice of Literacy 
  • C&I 6033    Survey of Reading Research
  • C&I 6043    Survey of Writing Research
  • C&I 6803    San Antonio Writing Project Summer Institute 
  • C&I 7863    Russian Contributions to Literacy, Psychology, and Learning

Career Opportunities

Students in this concentration will be qualified to work in a variety of settings as reading specialists, literacy coaches, adjunct college instructors, and adult literacy teachers. Career options also include administrative positions in libraries and in private and community reading centers. K-12 teachers in this concentration will learn to enhance their literacy instruction with research-based transformative practices and may qualify for advance certification by the state of Texas.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in last 60 hours of coursework 
  • Be in good standing with the last institution attended
  • Completion of 18 undergraduate credit hours in education or related field (including 12 upper-division level hours)**

** Applicants without adequate undergraduate hours in education may be required to complete background courses as a condition of admission. If assigned, these are required in addition to the minimum number of hours for the degree.

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