The Reading Education Program in the UALR College of Education and Health Professions offers the following programs and degrees to meet the needs of teachers progressing along their career pathway.
|Reading Recovery Teacher Leader
||Literacy Coach Specialist Graduate Certificate
||Master of Education in Reading [M.Ed.]
|Reading Recovery Teacher
||Dyslexia Therapist Graduate Certificate
||Educational Specialist in Reading [Ph.D.]
||Doctor of Philosophy in Reading [Ph.D.]
Out-of-state candidates seeking certification from other states as reading specialists or dyslexia therapists should consult with their respective State Education agencies about specific licensure standards and exam requirements. All candidates are strongly advised to consult closely with a graduate advisor for details regarding their program, concentration, and opportunities for certification and licensure.
UALR College of Education and Health Professions offers three graduate degrees in Reading, enabling educators to significantly increase their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the field of literacy education as well as to pursue a variety of important professional roles in literacy throughout the educational world.
Master of Education
The Master of Education focuses on preparing candidates for licensure as reading specialists, effective literacy educators, or intervention specialists. The M.Ed. program of study emphasizes the relationship between theory, research, and practices in literacy education. The M.Ed. in Literacy program meets CAEP, NCATE, Arkansas Department of Education, and International Literacy Association standards.
For more information about the M.Ed. Reading program, please visit the website.
M.Ed. Admission Requirements
All applicants for regular admission must have a 2.7 cumulative undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 in the last 60 undergraduate hours. Alternatively, applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA in 12 or more hours of graduate course work.
All applicants are responsible for securing information related to state licensure as a reading specialist (Arkansas or other state) to ensure that they meet state licensure requirements during or after the completion of course work toward the degree.
International applicants may apply to the M.Ed. Reading program. International applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the regular admission standards listed above.
- Although the board policy (502.6) requires a score of 71 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT), International Student Services suggests requiring a score > 79 on the IBT or 6.5 on the IELTS, which is a common practice at the graduate level at UALR. Students with US-based undergraduate degrees and native English speakers (e.g., UK, Canada besides Quebec, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia) will not be asked to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. This program will require that candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in education or education-related services verified by their home ministries in Education or closely related discipline. They must not have just completed IELP, as mastery of English is critical to success in the program. The candidate must possess an equivalent minimum GPA of 2.7 or greater. International candidates must submit articulated transcripts in order to determine whether they meet the minimum admission thresholds. The Graduate School requires WES-articulated transcripts from all admitted international students.