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
- 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.
| Required Degree
||Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
| Other Degree Requirements
||Applicants without adequate preparation in education may be required to complete preparatory courses as a condition of admission.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
| Statement of Purpose
| Test Scores
||Individuals who do not meet the University-wide graduate admission GPA may be required to submit GRE scores. General GRE, may not be older than five years.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
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.
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.