University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Literacy Studies

image of woman using mouseThe University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) offers individuals the opportunity to specialize in the field of literacy education with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy Studies.

  • Why focus on literacy education?
    According to the National Literacy Trust, “The importance of literacy has long been recognized; it underpins all educational achievement and is central to economic advancement; it helps develop human potential and raises self-esteem.” Additionally, teaching children to read, write and use language effectively is at the center stage of the American education agenda.
  • Why choose UTA?
    The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research, teaching, and public service institution located in the heart of the dynamic Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. UT Arlington is the second largest member of the 15 institutions in the world-renowned University of Texas System and the seventh largest university in Texas.
  • Why choose the College of Education
    Meeting the needs of all teachers and children in today's increasingly diverse classrooms is a continuing challenge, and the College of Education at University of Texas at Arlington is leading the way in providing teachers and students with sound, research-based strategies and innovations in developing language and literacy. Additionally, the MEd with an emphasis in literacy offers graduate students convenience and quality with a degree available entirely over the Internet. Each class is highly interactive, while still allowing you a great deal of freedom in pacing yourself. Finally, UTA and the College of Education are leaders in online education.
  • What does the program involve?
    In this program, students specialize in advanced coursework designed to meet a variety of professional goals related to literacy. For instance, students may pursue professional certificates including the following:
    • Reading Specialist is a national certificate recognized by all states. Literacy coaches generally work with teachers to help them with best literacy practices. Reading Specialist is an advanced certificate that certified teachers may add to their existing credential upon completion of two year’s teaching experience and a master’s degree with at least 27 credits of graduate coursework in literacy.
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) is a national certificate. All states have some type of ESL designation. In Texas, ESL is an add-on certificate that individuals with an initial teaching certificate can add to their existing credential with only 12 credits of graduate coursework.
    • Master Reading Teacher (MRT) is a Texas-only certificate. MRTs work in Title I/low performing schools and tutor struggling readers, and they may also serve as literacy coaches. The MRT sequence includes 12 credits of graduate coursework.

Out of state students seeking certification should refer to the FAQ section below for information about their certification options.

In addition to these professional certificates, students may choose focused coursework in areas including:

  • Writing
  • Working with culturally and linguistically diverse students

Plus, students have the unique opportunity to complete all but one of the program tracks completely online. (The MEd with Writing Focus requires 6 credits of on-campus work during the summer.) Best Buy logo ranks the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program as a Best Buy in the category of Most Affordable Online Education Masters Degrees.


Program Track Configurations

Following are just a few of the program track configurations. For a listing of the courses required, click on each link below. To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Arlington

Kathleen Tice, PhD

Program Coordinator

(817) 272-5167

Degree Awarded: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many credits are required to complete the MEd degree plan?
    36 credits. See the program track configurations listed above for details.
  • How much will it cost to take a course?
    Students are billed by UTA for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees, and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost & Financial Aid page.
  • If I live outside Texas, will the ESL endorsement, Master Reading Teacher Certificate, or Reading Specialist Certificate apply in my state?
    The Master Reading Teacher certificate is a unique initiative in Texas. However, most other states have some variation of the ESL endorsement and the Reading Specialist Certificate. Each state has different certification requirements. It is best to contact your State Board of Education (or other certifying agency) and obtain a statement regarding the requirements and coursework required in your state. We will work with you and the certifying agency in your state to verify course descriptions and content, so that you can take the coursework in our online program and apply it to certification in your state.
  • Will I have to visit any of the participating campuses?
    No on-campus attendance is required.
  • How do I verify whether or not completion of this Master's program and its associated certifications will qualify me to teach ESL in another state?
    You should check with that state's accrediting agency to verify the applicability of the courses in their teacher accreditation plan.
  • How many courses should I take each semester?
    You might contact the course instructor prior to registering to obtain an advance copy of the syllabus. Many of the courses require not only the typical reading, research, and other activities, but also intensive electronic interaction. The electronic interaction (posting original reflections to course content, reading fellow students' postings, and replying to those) will require quite a time commitment from you. So, you should carefully weigh your existing commitments in terms of work, family, and personal life and consider how much time you will have to devote to coursework and all the "new and additional" requirements involved in taking a course online.

Getting Started

The admission requirements for this program are the same for all of UTA's graduate programs. You may be admitted to the program in two ways. In order to complete the Master's degree, you must be fully admitted to the Graduate School. Carefully read the following guidelines for admission, then choose the type most appropriate for you.

Special Student - Non-Degree Seeking

Admission as a special student is only appropriate in specific circumstances:

  • If you wish to take graduate courses but do not plan to pursue a degree;
  • If you are participating in a special program; or
  • If you are seeking to transfer a limited number of graduate courses to another institution.

Admission as a special student is not advised for students who may eventually seek a graduate degree or international students.

  • Special student status characteristics:
    • Good for only one semester;
    • Must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies;
    • No more than nine credits of work earned as a special student may be applied to a graduate degree at UT Arlington;
    • A person who is admitted as a special student and later seeks admission to a degree program must submit a regular Graduate School Application for Admission form, pay the application fee, submit all required documents, and meet all admission requirements, including admission tests; and any additional requirements established by the degree program.

Students seeking certification only

Students seeking certification only, must complete the following for admission and forward them to the Graduate School at the address below:

  • application
  • application fee
  • official transcripts from all universities attended

    Dean of Graduate Studies
    The University of Texas at Arlington
    Box 1916
    Arlington TX 76019-0167

Minimum criteria for admission for non-degree (special student) status include a bachelor’s degree and 3.0 GPA or better on their last 60 credits as calculated by Graduate Admissions.

Students seeking admission to the MEd

Students seeking admission to the MEd must submit the following to the Graduate School at the address below:

  • application
  • application fee
  • official transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL score for international students, minimum score of 213

    Dean of Graduate Studies
    The University of Texas at Arlington
    Box 1916
    Arlington TX 76019-0167

Students seeking admission to the MEd

Students seeking admission to the MEd must submit the following to the College of Education at the address below:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • personal statement to College of Education

    College of Education
    Graduate Advisor
    The University of Texas at Arlington
    Box 19026
    Arlington TX 76019-0227

Master’s degree seeking students must have a 3.0 GPA on their last 60 credits of the baccalaureate degree courses as calculated by Graduate Admissions (to include additional undergraduate credits taken beyond your Bachelor's degree in this calculation, students must submit a written request to graduate school admissions) and a GRE score of 500 verbal and 400 quantitative score for Unconditional Admission.

Please note admission deadlines. For more information e-mail the graduate advisor listed above. Link to Enrollment Services for information on admissions, registration and course access.