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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.A. in Reading and Literacy - Reading Specialist Certification Option Available

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Master of Arts in Reading and Literacy 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. This program organizes the student experience around a cohort model. Students work with their cohort director (academic advisor) to select their coursework and its sequence according to their professional needs and the degree requirements.

Program Options

Students select from the following program options: 

  • General (Thesis Option) - 33 credit hours  
  • General (Non-Thesis Option) - 36 credit hours 
  • Reading Specialist Certification (Non-Thesis Option) - 36 credit hours

Students planning to pursue the Reading Specialist Certification must meet additional requirements and be accepted into the certification program. Select coursework will lead to completion of the requirements for State Board for Educator Certification as a Reading Specialist.

Courses required for this degree include:

9 hours of core courses:

  • C&I 5003   Theory of Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDU 5003   Research Methods
  • ILT 5003   Principles of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

12 hours of LTED program emphasis courses:

  • LTED 5723   Integrating Reading and the Language Arts
  • LTED 5743   Secondary Literacy Development
  • LTED 5823   Early Language and Literacy Development
  • LTED 6033   Survey of Literacy Research

12-15 hours of support coursework (depending on program option selected):

  • LTED 6833   Theoretical Foundations of Literacy Education
  • LTED 6943   Internship in Literacy
  • Additional coursework as determined by your program option and in consultation with your advisor.

Career Opportunities

Students completing this degree are 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 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.

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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