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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

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).

Act 1063 of 2017, the Right to Read Act states: “By the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year: A) All teachers employed in a teaching position that requires an elementary education (K-6) license or special education (K-12) license shall demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and practices of scientific reading instruction; and B) All other teachers shall demonstrate awareness in knowledge and practices of scientific reading instruction. 

The Arkansas Department of Education has approved the 15-hour K-12 Dyslexia endorsement as a Phase I Prescribed Proficiency Pathway in scientific reading instruction 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. Contact your state’s department of education for specific licensing requirements for your state.


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 2021-2022 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.










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