Reading (MSE)

Program Information

Degree Type: , ,

Total Credit Hours: 30

About the Program

Description: The Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Reading is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become successful reading specialists and literacy coaches (K-12).

The program offers a broad range of opportunities for candidates to learn about the foundational knowledge of reading/literacy, historical and current seminal reading research, language arts instruction, reading curriculum development, literacy coaching, reading assessment, working with struggling and diverse readers, integrating technology into reading instruction, and other critical issues in reading/literacy education.

Upon successful completion of the Praxis II, candidates will be eligible for an Arkansas Reading Specialist license. With the exception of courses which include practicum hours, all courses are offered online.

Accreditations/Achievements: 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).

Plan of Study: Reading (MSE)

Coordinators Name: Shoudong Feng
Coordinators Phone Number: 501-450-5447
Coordinators Email:

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How to Apply

Requirements: 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. Passing Praxis II is required for graduation.

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 College of Education 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.

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