The Master of Education in reading is an accelerated online degree program that helps novice and veteran teachers further their education to become licensed specialists in one of four concentrations: reading, literacy and culture, intervention, or dyslexia intervention. Candidates of this program may continue teaching while they learn a multitude of skills, such as diagnosing reading difficulties, developing strategies for vocabulary and comprehension, and teaching children with diverse needs. The program also includes supervised clinical experiences in early intervention, summer reading practicum, and an advanced reading practicum.
Required Courses (15 hours)
Elective Courses (9 hours)
Program Concentration Courses (12-15 hours)
Students who wish to pursue this program must meet the following requirements:
• Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (or at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work), or at least a 3.0 GPA in 12 or more hours of graduate course work
All applicants are responsible for securing information related to state licensure as a reading specialist (Arkansas or other state) to ensure that they meet state licensure requirements during or after the completion of coursework toward the degree.
Conditional admission requirements and more details about the program may be found in the program’s academic catalog entry.
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The Master of Education in reading is a 30-to-36-hour online degree program that includes 9 core requirement hours and up to 15 hours of concentrated reading course work.*
Graduation requirements for this program include:
• Completion of 30 hours of program course work (*Reading Specialist Concentration requires 36 hours)
• 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average on program course work
• Completion of a Coaching Portfolio, which includes required coursework assessments uploaded into Chalk and Wire (Reading Specialist Concentration only)
• Passing of the Praxis II Reading Specialist Exam (for Reading Specialist Concentration only)
• Completion of Literacy Portfolio, which includes required course work assessments uploaded into Chalk and Wire (Literacy & Culture and Intervention Concentrations only)
See the Graduate Catalog for more details about this program.
Dr. Linda Dorn | 501.569.3479 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Teacher Education Professor
The Master of Education in Reading is nationally recognized by the International Reading Association (IRA) and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.
UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.
- Cost per credit hour: $370