Program Coordinator & Advisor: Dr. Shoudong Feng
Phone: (501) 450-5447
The Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education (formerly Department of Early Childhood and Special Education) in the College of Education is proud to offer the MSE in Reading Program. This NCATE/IRA accredited program provides graduate candidates with the opportunity to extend their areas of licensure by pursuing graduate degrees. All graduate faculty members are dedicated to excellence in their profession and have received awards and recognition in leadership, scholarship, and service to the areas in which they teach.
The primary purposes of this program are to 1) prepare reading specialists/literacy coaches with advanced knowledge, strategies, leadership skills and professional dispositions that will allow them to work with struggling readers and writers, assist other classroom teachers in various aspects of teaching, and lead the reading/literacy program in the public schools and other institutions; 2) help classroom teachers improve their reading/literacy instruction. Graduate candidates will learn to make reflective decisions related to reading and literacy education. The program is designed to meet the performance standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Information for Prospective Students
The program is a 30-graduate-credit-hour program organized around 21 hours of core coursework, 6 hours of practicum coursework, and 3 hours of an elective course.
For detailed information on the program, see the program description in the graduate bulletin. MSE in Reading
To apply, click here.
Guidelines for MSE in Reading:
1. In addition to the general application and GPA requirements of the UCA Graduate School, applicants must:
a. Have an Arkansas valid standard educator license. For individuals who have an out-of-state educator license, contact the department at 501-450-3172.
b. Submit two letters of reference from practicing professionals who can speak to the candidate’s knowledge, performance, dispositions, and capability to complete a master’s program.
2. No more than three hours may be transferred from another institution of higher education. These three hours will be elective credit only and will not be considered as a substitution for any core requirement.
3. The Program of Study must be filed prior to completion of 18 hours.
4. Research Methods must be taken before the 12th hour.
5. Application for participation in the Comprehensive Examination can only be filed after the completion of the 24th hour.
6. Participation in the Comprehensive Examination can take place only during the final semester of study.
7. Students must complete Praxis test for Reading Specialist and submit documentation of score prior to taking comprehensive exams.
8. Students who fail the Reading Comprehensive Examination on the initial attempt may, after one semester has elapsed, apply for re-examination. This second attempt shall be the final opportunity to participate in the Reading Comprehensive Examination. Should the student fail the second attempt, the degree will not be awarded.
9. Students who fail to apply after two years have elapsed since the initial unsuccessful attempt on the Reading
Comprehensive Examination shall be denied application, and the degree will not be awarded. Completion of the requirements for the Master’s in Reading and passing Praxis scores will result in the candidate’s qualification to apply for certification as a reading specialist in the State of Arkansas.
Programs in the COE that lead to licensure relating to P-12 schools require a passing score on the appropriate Praxis exam(s) and satisfactory completion of all key assessments identified by the program area. Candidates cannot complete their program unless both of these criteria have been met.
Program of Study
Core Requirements (27 hours): ECSE 6314, 6341, 6342, 6343, 6344, 6345, 6346, 6379, and LEAD 6321.
Elective (3 hours): ENGL 5361; LING 5310; WLAN 5325 or 5330; ECSE 6306; or other course as approved by advisor.