MSE Literacy / Dyslexia Endorsement






MSE Literacy with a Dyslexia Endorsement: Program Coordinator:
Mashburn 150Dr. Amy Thompson
University of Central ArkansasPhone: 501.450.5538
201 Donaghey
Conway, AR 72035Book an Appointment



Graduate School Information Request Form:

The Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education in the College of Education is proud to offer the MSE in Literacy with a Dyslexia Endorsement Program and the Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia Program. These IDA accredited programs provide graduate candidates with the opportunity to extend their areas of licensure by pursuing graduate degrees. These programs are the only programs in the state of Arkansas that are accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. 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. Faculty have been trained in the Science of Reading, Arkansas’s R.I.S.E. initiative, numerous Dyslexia programs, and LETRs while staying current with literacy research and evidence-based practices.

The primary purposes of the MSE in Literacy with a Dyslexia Endorsement this program are to 1) prepare reading specialists/literacy coaches/interventionists 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. The program is designed to meet the performance standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the International Literacy Association (ILA), the International Dyslexia Association, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

The graduate Literacy and Dyslexia programs at the University of Central Arkansas are proud to be an approved awareness pathway in knowledge and practice of the Science of Reading.

Act 1063 of 2017, the Right to Read Act, states: “Beginning no later than the 2022-2023 school year, each state-approved educator preparation program shall post on its website information describing its program to prepare teachers to teach reading using scientific reading instruction aligned with but not limited to the content measured by the stand-alone reading assessment adopted by the State Board of Education under § 6-17-402.”

Candidates enrolled in the K-12 Literacy with Dyslexia Endorsement program must complete coursework and pass the Foundations of Reading test to be considered proficient in scientific reading instruction to obtain a license.

Candidates enrolled in the K-12 Dyslexia Graduate Certificate must complete the coursework to be considered awareness level in scientific reading instruction to obtain a license.

In 2019, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the University of Central Arkansas’ pathway to meet this requirement if not completed at admission. The pathways are aligned to the appropriate Foundations of Reading Competencies – Proficiency Level  or Foundations of Reading Competencies – Awareness Level.

DESE – Approved Course/Modules lists approved courses/modules for all approved licensure programs in Arkansas.

While we welcome any out of state candidates, completion of any program, other than an initial licensure program, may not lead to licensure or endorsement in Arkansas or in the state in which you reside. It is your responsibility to check with your state’s department of education to determine if the license or endorsement requirements are met through the program of study. If you are a potential out of state candidate, please contact the program coordinator directly. Contact your state’s department of education for specific licensing requirements for your state.

The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3000.

Information for Prospective Students

The  M.S.E in Literacy with a Dyslexia Endorsement is a 30-36 credit hour online program designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the disciplines of literacy and Dyslexia. Program content equips candidates to be effective in today’s educational settings, prepares professionals to meet the educational and social/emotional needs of students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities, and meets the standards of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and International Dyslexia Association (IDA) while also meeting requirements for the Arkansas K-12 Reading Specialist License and the K-12 Dyslexia endorsement. Candidates wishing to pursue only the K-12 Dyslexia Endorsement may do so by completing the 15-18 hour program of study embedded in the M.S.E. (The state requires a licensure test for the Dyslexia Endorsement and another test for the Arkansas Reading Specialist License.)

For detailed information on the program, see the program description in the 2023-2024 graduate bulletin.

The M.S.E. in Literacy with a Dyslexia Endorsement is a 100% online program, delivered through a primarily asynchronous format. Questions regarding the program, and/or application process, can be directed to the program coordinator.