MSE Reading / Dyslexia Endorsement

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The Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education in the College of Education is proud to offer the MSE in Reading Program. This CAEP/ILA 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. The program is designed to meet the performance standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

The Arkansas Department of Education has approved our 15-hour K-12 Dyslexia endorsement as a proficiency in science of reading Phase I Pathway. Our program is part of Pathway R (

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. 

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Arkansas Department of Education AMI Information


Information for Prospective Students:

The  M.S.E in Reading is a 30 credit hour online program designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the discipline of reading while also meeting requirements for the Arkansas Reading Specialist License. The Reading program content equips reading specialists 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 graduates of the M.S.E in Reading who hold an Arkansas teaching license will be eligible for both the Arkansas Reading Specialist License K-12 and the new Arkansas Dyslexia Endorsement K-12, candidates wishing to pursue only the Dyslexia Endorsement K-12 may do so by completing the 15 hour program of study embedded in the M.S.E. Eligibility for the Arkansas Reading Specialist license continues to require the completion of 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 2018-19 graduate bulletin. MSE in Reading

The M.S.E. in Reading is an online program, delivered through a primarily asynchronous format. Questions regarding the program, and/or application process, can be directed to the program coordinator.

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Guidelines for MSE in Reading:

  1. Admission into the MSE program will be selective and competitive. Contact the Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education or visit the department’s website ( for program details.
  2. In addition to the general application and GPA requirements of the UCA Graduate School, applicants seeking an Arkansas Reading Specialist K-12 license must hold a valid Arkansas educator license. For individuals who have an out-of-state educator license and wish to hold an Arkansas Reading Specialist K-12 license, please contact the program coordinator.
  3. Individuals not holding a teaching license are eligible for admission into the MSE program, but they will not be eligible for an Arkansas Reading Specialist K-12 license as the license is considered an endorsement to an Arkansas teaching license in a general education area. Individuals not holding a valid standard Arkansas license must 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.
  4. Completion of this form by your principal or superintendent
  5. 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.
  6. Research Methods should be taken before the 12th hour.
  7. Application for participation in the Comprehensive Examination can be filed after the completion of the 24th hour.
  8. Participation in the Comprehensive Examination takes place during the final semester of study.
  9. Students must complete the Praxis test for Reading Specialists and submit documentation of the score prior to taking comprehensive exams.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Programs in the College of Education that lead to licensure relating to K–12 require satisfactory completion of all key assessments identified by the program area.

Candidates who choose the non-certification (degree only, not pursuing state license) option are not required to take the Praxis test (contract needs to be signed at the time of admission), but still need to complete the key assessments and pass the Comprehensive Examination.

Guidelines for Graduate Certificate Dyslexia Endorsement:

In addition to the general application and GPA requirements of the UCA Graduate School:

1. Applicants seeking an Arkansas endorsement must hold a valid standard Arkansas educator license.

2. Completion of this form by your principal or superintendent

3. Applicants not seeking an endorsement or who do not hold a valid standard Arkansas teaching license must submit 2 letters of reference from practicing professionals who can speak to the candidate’s knowledge, performance, dispositions, and capability to complete graduate work.

Program of Study for MSE Reading and Dyslexia Endorsement Graduate Candidates:

Course Requirements (30 hours)

Courses required for the Dyslexia Endorsement or Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia are marked with a dagger ().

ELSE 6314 Diagnosis and Intervention of Reading Difficulties
ELSE 6341 Literacy Strategies for the Emergent and Early Reader
ELSE 6343 Clinical Practicum in Reading
ELSE 6345 Leadership, Supervision, and Professional Development in Literacy
ELSE 6346 Literacy Strategies for Advanced Readers
ELSE 6347 Foundations of Dyslexia and the Language
ELSE 6348 Multisensory Approach to Language I
ELSE 6349 Multisensory Approach to Language II
ELSE 6379 Multicultural Literacies and Diverse Texts
LEAD 6321 or ASTL 6380 Research Methods

Some of the Dyslexia courses may require the purchasing of additional materials related to Dyslexia.

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 Scholarships & Grants:

Jo Flanigan Scholarship
$500 scholarship awarded to further higher education study in reading or related areas.
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Deadline: Must be postmarked by March 1

 Federal TEACH Grant
Up to $4,000 per year

State Teacher Education Program (STEP)
Loan repayment up to $3,000 per year

Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)
Tuition reimbursement up to $3,000 per year