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Reading and Literacy, M.A.

Basic Degree Information/Description

This concentration is designed to provide theory, research, knowledge, and field experiences for students who plan to teach reading and writing. Reading is presented as a linguistic, cognitive, and socio-cultural process in relation to other language arts processes such as listening and speaking, with particular emphasis on writing and the writing process. Students select one of two program emphases: instruction or research. The instruction emphasis is designed for teachers and can lead to completion of the requirements for certification as a reading specialist. The research emphasis is designed for students who want to pursue research in reading and writing; students in this emphasis normally pursue the thesis option.

Why pursue an M.A in Education - Literacy Education?

Program breadth and quality:

  • Students can choose from a variety of foci: Writing Instruction, Teaching of Reading, Research, and Literacy Leadership.
  • 100% pass rate on Reading Specialist exam.
  • Strong faculty researchers.

Numerous enrichment opportunities:

  • San Antonio Writing Project
  • Literacy Researcher Series
  • Storytelling Festival
  • Children's Author Series

Degree Requirements

  • Thesis Option: 33 Semester Credit Hours
  • Non-Thesis Option: 36 Semester Credit Hours
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • If an applicant’s GPA is between 2.7 and 2.99, probationary admission may be granted and the student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of coursework.
  • Resume or CV, Letters of Recommendation, and Statement of Purpose are not required.
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
  • Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
  • Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Career Options Available for an M.A in Education - Literacy Education Graduate

  • K-12 Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Coach (Literacy Coach)
  • Adjunct College Instructor
  • Adult Literacy Teacher

Research taking place in the M.A in Education - Literacy Education program

Faculty are engaged in wide-ranging research projects that include: reading comprehension in electronic environments, vocabulary development, relationships between oral and written language, transnational research, critical literacy, children's literary understanding, and literacy development in bilingual contexts.

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Elizabeth Narvaez, M.A.
Telephone: (210) 458-7443

Graduate Advisor of Record: Richard Boon


Telephone: (210) 458-7439

Degree Website:

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours (6 PM to 8:45 PM) Monday-Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the day two hours a day Monday through Friday in the four-week summer sessions. In addition, some courses are available at night meeting Monday through Friday for three weeks in the May-mester.
  • This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.