Degrees and Certificates Offered

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Master of Education, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Philosophy

Interim Associate Dean Contact Information

Dr. Kent Layton

Phone: 501.569.8691


Admission Requirements


All applicants for both Regular and Conditional Admission status must have:

  • A valid initial or standard teaching license (Arkansas or other state)
  • Favorable recommendation and dispositions assessment as a result of an interview with Reading Program Faculty
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, colleagues, or administrators
  • 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.


All applicants for both Regular and Conditional Admission status must have a valid initial or standard teaching license (Arkansas or other state)

Regular Admission:

Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3

Conditional Admission:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 150 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale
  • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate course work in another UALR graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B


Admission decisions will be made on a holistic basis to discern the candidate’s promise for doctoral study and to ascertain the match of the candidate’s educational goals with the resources and goals of the reading program.

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.3-3.5 for the master’s degree or higher
  • GRE quantitative score with a minimum score of 141
  • GRE verbal score with a minimum score of 150
  • GRE analytical writing score with a minimum score of 4.5
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation
  • Reading faculty interview, including professional goals statement, current curriculum vitae, and other requested evidences of the applicant’s promise for doctoral studies

Conditional Admission:

If the standard for admission is not met, a conditionally admitted student may enroll in up to 12 semester hours. Upon completion of 12 semester hours in the program, the reading faculty will review the work completed up to that point by the applicant as part of the overall admissions application to determine if the student will be granted regular admission to the program.

Admission to regular status will be contingent upon the student successfully completing 12 hours of the following coursework with a minimum 3.5 GPA:

  • READ 8320 Phonology, Orthography, and Linguistics
  • READ 8330 Cognitive and Social Theories in Literacy Learning
  • READ 8348 Scholarly Writing in Literacy
  • READ 8349 Research Practicum in Literacy
  • EDFN 7373 Qualitative Research Methods
  • EDFN 8305 Intermediate Statistics
  • EDFN 8306 Advanced Research Methods

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