Program Overview

The Master of Education in reading is an accelerated online degree program that helps novice and veteran teachers become specialized educators in the areas of literacy and culture, reading intervention, or dyslexia therapy. 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.

There are three degree plans that lead to the M.Ed. in reading at UALR:
• The standard M.Ed. in reading degree is a 30-hour program designed for teachers who want to fine tune their knowledge of literacy at the elementary, middle school, or secondary level, but who are not interested in serving as a school reading specialist. Students of this program may choose from three concentration areas — literacy and culture, intervention, or dyslexia therapist.

• The reading specialist degree is a 36-hour program that prepares teachers to work in schools as a certified reading specialist and prepares graduates for the Praxis reading specialist exam, a state-required exam for K-12 licensure in Arkansas. The program is a nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association.

• The reading specialist and dyslexia therapist degree (combination) is a 36-hour program that prepares teachers to become certified as both reading specialists and dyslexia therapists in Arkansas. Teachers will be required to pass the Praxis reading specialist exam and the Praxis dyslexia therapist exam for licensure.

Required Courses (9-24 hours)

The 30-hour M.Ed. in reading requires 9 hours of core courses, while the two 36-hour specialist programs require 24 hours of core courses.

M.Ed. in reading degree

30-Hour M.Ed. Program Core

Choose 9 hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Psychological dimensions of reading; principles of learning; organizational pattern affecting reading instruction; scope of the reading process; correlates of reading instruction; emphasis on appropriate use of various l...

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READ 7351 Foundations of Teaching Reading

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Candidates will examine how to integrate new literacies, software, and technology across the curriculum. Candidates will study the strengths and limitations of technology and computer applications for the development and...

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READ 7306 Literacy & Technology

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

This course focuses on exploring and using reading strategies to support the learning of content material.

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READ 7354 Literacy in the Content Areas

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

36-Hour Specialist Program Core

Choose 24 hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Psychological dimensions of reading; principles of learning; organizational pattern affecting reading instruction; scope of the reading process; correlates of reading instruction; emphasis on appropriate use of various l...

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READ 7351 Foundations of Teaching Reading

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Candidates will examine how to integrate new literacies, software, and technology across the curriculum. Candidates will study the strengths and limitations of technology and computer applications for the development and...

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READ 7306 Literacy & Technology

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

This course focuses on exploring and using reading strategies to support the learning of content material.

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READ 7354 Literacy in the Content Areas

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: READ 7351. This course explores the causes of reading difficulties/disabilities, approaches to diagnosis, and appropriate remedial measures. Candidates analyze a variety of assessments, incl...

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READ 7352 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisites: READ 7351, READ 7352. Candidates in this course will be involved in a clinical experience that supports the focus of their professional goals. Students will plan and implement an instructional program for ...

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READ 7356 Practicum in Reading

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisites: READ 7352, READ 7356. This is a clinical course that requires a supervised experience in working with struggling literacy learners. Candidates in this course will work with individual students as well as s...

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READ 7370 Advanced Practicum in Reading

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisites: a minimum of 15 hours in reading and consent of instructor. Current issues, influential researchers and theorists in literacy education, and effective practices. Course requires Internet and library search...

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READ 7357 Seminar in Reading

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Philosophy, administration, and techniques of curriculum design, including participation in development of a culturally pluralistic curriculum.

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READ 7327 Contemporary Curriculum Design

3 credit hours

Elective Courses (6-9 hours)

Elective courses may include courses from any concentration.
Concentrations within the 30-hour M.Ed. degree plan require 9 elective hours, while the 36-hour Reading Specialist degree plan requires 6 elective hours. No electives are required for the 36-hour Reading Specialist and Dyslexia Therapist degree plan.

M.Ed. in reading degree

Electives

Choose 6-9 hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Special topics in literacy education including, but not limited to, in-depth study of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development and / or reading comprehension as they relate to historical and current p...

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READ 7307 Special Topics in Literacy

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

This course focuses on the processes of reading comprehension, including the influence of perceptions, beliefs, motivation, language, and strategies for understanding. An emphasis is placed on effective questioning, text...

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READ 7321 Processes & Strategies in Reading

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

This course is based upon current issues, research, and effective practices regarding the use of children’s literature across the curriculum. Students will learn how to select quality children’s books for use in a va...

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READ 7330 Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Course restricted to Reading Recovery teachers-in-training. This course is the first of two courses of teacher training for the Reading Recovery program. It covers the theoretical foundations of a socio-psycholinguistic ...

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READ 7342 Principles of Literacy & Cognition I

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: Principles of Literacy and Cognition I. Course restricted to Reading Recovery teachers-in-training. This course is the second of two courses of teacher training for the Reading Recovery Program.

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READ 7343 Principles of Literacy & Cognition II

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Language development programs and reading methods, materials, teaching strategies for preschool and primary-age; relates speaking, listening, writing and reading to instructional strategies; planning administering compre...

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READ 7361 Language & Reading Instruction

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

The course focuses on the principles of early intervention for diagnosing literacy problems for students, including an understanding of emergent literacy and the experiences that support it. Special attention will be pla...

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READ 7365 Specialized Assessment in Early Literacy Instruction

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

The course is designed as a summer literacy institute for teachers and school teams interested in implementing a comprehensive literacy model, including a framework for literacy, individual and small group interventions,...

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READ 7395 Comprehensive Literacy Model for School

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

The course focuses on implementing a workshop approach in reading, writing, and content areas for meeting the needs of all students, including how to use reading strategies to access content knowledge. An emphasis is pla...

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READ 7397 Creating a Literate Environment for Young Learners

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to applied research in education across the major quantitative, qualitative, and action research traditions. Focus is on understanding the research process and its integrated...

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EDFN 7303 Intro to Educational Research

3 credit hours

Program Concentration Courses (12-15 hours)

M.Ed. in reading degree

Candidates will explore how literacy learning takes place among diverse populations, including second language learners. Candidates explore the role of literature in promoting cross cultural understandings in a student-c...

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READ 7310 Literacy, Language, & Culture

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Best possible options for associations between middle level students and literature. Literature-based learning and learning how to select a wide variety of books from the best examples of all genres is stressed.

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MCED 7316 Adolescent Literature

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

The course emphasizes the teaching of the writing process within a writing workshop format, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Additional areas of study will include writing conferences, ...

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READ 7348 Teaching Writing Process in Schools

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Special topics in literacy education including, but not limited to, in-depth study of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development and / or reading comprehension as they relate to historical and current p...

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READ 7307 Special Topics in Literacy

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Intervention

Choose 12 hours + 9 hours electives

M.Ed. in reading degree

A course involving supervised practice in intervention instruction for children experiencing difficulty in literacy. The class will focus on differentiating reading and writing instruction within various settings, includ...

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READ 7344 Intervention Designs for Struggling Readers

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

This course examines literacy theories and their practical implications for instruction. Theories of knowledge acquisition, literacy processing, assisted performance, and transfer are examined and applied to reading and ...

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READ 7398 Theory and Practice in Literacy

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

This course is based upon current issues, research, and effective practices regarding the use of children’s literature across the curriculum. Students will learn how to select quality children’s books for use in a va...

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READ 7330 Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

The course examines research-based practices in K-12 literacy instruction, including theories of differentiated instruction, reciprocal processing, integrated curriculum, and linguistic diversity.

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READ 7340 Best Practices in Literacy Instruction

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Dyslexia Therapist

Choose 12 hours + 9 hours electives

New! Leads to Arkansas certification as a dyslexia therapist with successful performance on Praxis II.

See also: Dyslexia therapist graduate certificate

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: Admission to the Dyslexia Graduate Certificate or M.Ed. Program. This course is designed to provide practicing teachers and other educational professionals with an introduction to dyslexia, the myths and po...

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READ 7393 Special Topics: Teaching Children with Dyslexia

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: READ 7352 or Program Admission to the Dyslexia Certificate. This course is designed to extend candidates’ ability to assess and evaluate students with moderate to severe reading difficulties, including dy...

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READ 7353 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties II

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: READ 7353. The course focuses on the principles of intervention for diagnosing literacy problems for students from the emergent stages of reading through the advanced stages of reading to learn. Special att...

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READ 7385 Formative Assessment and Interventions for Children with Dyslexia

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: READ 7385. This course is the capstone experience for candidates working toward certification as a Dyslexia Therapist in Arkansas. Candidates will implement a research-based intervention model in a school s...

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READ 7387 Advanced Practicum for Dyslexia Therapists

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Reading Specialist + Dyslexia Therapist (combination)

Choose 12 hours

For the 36-hour Reading Specialist and Dyslexia Therapist (combination) degree plan only

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: Admission to the Dyslexia Graduate Certificate or M.Ed. Program. This course is designed to provide practicing teachers and other educational professionals with an introduction to dyslexia, the myths and po...

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READ 7393 Special Topics: Teaching Children with Dyslexia

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: READ 7352 or Program Admission to the Dyslexia Certificate. This course is designed to extend candidates’ ability to assess and evaluate students with moderate to severe reading difficulties, including dy...

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READ 7353 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties II

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: READ 7353. The course focuses on the principles of intervention for diagnosing literacy problems for students from the emergent stages of reading through the advanced stages of reading to learn. Special att...

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READ 7385 Formative Assessment and Interventions for Children with Dyslexia

3 credit hours

M.Ed. in reading degree

Prerequisite: READ 7385. This course is the capstone experience for candidates working toward certification as a Dyslexia Therapist in Arkansas. Candidates will implement a research-based intervention model in a school s...

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READ 7387 Advanced Practicum for Dyslexia Therapists

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

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.

UALR Online students are not required to provide proof of two MMR vaccines to the Graduate School.

Read more about the UALR Graduate School’s admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Education in reading is a 30-to-36-hour online degree program.

Participants are required to complete 30 hours of program course work for the standard M.Ed. in reading program, or 36 hours for the Reading Specialist or Reading Specialist + Dyslexia Therapist degree plans. (See degree plans below.)

All students must earn 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average on their program course work. Contact your program advisor for more information about this program.

Degree plans (printer-friendly versions):

30-hour M.Ed. in Reading—Literacy and Culture; Intervention; Dyslexia Therapist concentrations (PDF)
36-hour M.Ed. in Reading—Reading Specialist (PDF)
36-hour M.Ed. in Reading—Reading Specialist + Dyslexia Therapist (PDF)

Program Advisor

Dr. Linda Dorn | 501.569.3479 | ljdorn@ualr.edu
Department of Teacher Education Professor

Master of Education in Reading website

Accreditation

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.

Disabilities

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: $383