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Earn your master’s degree with an accelerated, fully online program designed for teachers who wish to specialize in advanced coursework in literacy studies, and who aspire to obtain their Reading Specialist or ESL certification. 

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M.Ed. in C&I – Literacy Studies Candidate

Tracey Smith, M.Ed. Student

I truly love helping struggling readers realize their potential. I couldn't see myself anywhere other than education, and I love the challenges and opportunities I'm taking part in as part of my UTA journey.

Deadlines for Accelerated Online Programs

Our accelerated online programs offer multiple start dates and are ideal for students who seek to balance a job, a family, an education, and a social life.

Apply by Sept. 15, 2023

Fall Semester II

Classes Start October 16, 2023

Apply by Dec. 1, 2023

Spring Semester 1

Classes Start Jan. 16, 2024

Application Deadline TBD

Semester Start
Courses Start
Application Deadline
All Supporting Documents Due
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Summer 06/26/23





Fall* 08/21/23





Fall 10/16/23





















*The M.Ed. in Special Education program (with or without certification) only admits students into the first Fall Cohort. 

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Education must submit two* recommendation forms. The required Recommendation Form is available for download here. Please wait until you receive your 10-digit, UTA student ID number and until a member of our academic team contacts you to submit your recommendation forms. 

*Note: The Principal Certification Only Program requires three recommendation forms. 

Program Eligibility, International Admissions and English Language Test Score Requirements


Information for Permanent Residents and International Applicants 

Our fully online programs are open to United States Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and International Students who do not hold F1, J1, B1, and B2 status. In addition to the required application and admission documents, the following materials must also be submitted:

  • Lawful Permanent Residents: Submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card.
  • The TOEFL* or IELTS is required if an applicant’s native language is not English or if the applicant does not hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. It typically takes 10-15 business days for scores to arrive from ETS and be processed by Admissions. The test must be taken in time for results to arrive and be processed in Admissions before completion of the second course. Those wishing to request a waiver of this requirement should contact the graduate advisor. You are required to submit an official test score report sent directly from the testing agency. UTA's ETS institutional code is 6013.

*Certification programs only accept TOEFL due to Texas Education Agency requirements. 

View test score requirements online

Additional Resources

Have additional questions? 

Email UTA's international office at international@uta.edu.

*The resources provided here are for informational purposes. Please review the UTA's website and Official Catalog for official information. 

The Literacy Studies program provides a path to Texas Certifications in English as a Second Language (ESL supplemental) and Reading Specialist (RS) for qualified Texas-certified educators.

Course of Study

Upon acceptance to your UTA accelerated online program, a course map indicating the course sequence will be provided. Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information. Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change. You will be notified by the course instructor if there are additional textbook requirements.

Students in this program must also purchase Tk20 as part of their course materials for a one-time non-refundable cost. It may be purchased online.

 Course Code

 Course Title

 LIST 5316  Literacy Practicum I
 LIST 5326  Pre-Adolescent & Adolescent Literacy
 LIST 5373  Foundations of Literacy Learning in EC-6 Classrooms
 LIST 5361  Language Learning: Educational Perspectives Practicum II
 LIST 5354  Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults
 LIST 5345  Content Area Reading and Writing
 LIST 5325  Understanding Literacy Research
 LIST 5350  Literacy Assessment
 LIST 5346  Teaching the Writing Process
 LIST 5317  Literacy Practicum III

For course descriptions, view the official catalog

Academic Recruiter

Ashley Villegas

Academic Recruiter, Online Programs

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Email: ashley.villegas@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0464

Office: Trimble Hall 205

Program Director

Dr. Kathryn Pole

Associate Professor, Literacy Studies

Research Interests: Literacy, family literacy, literacy teaching, teacher development


Email: kpole@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2240

Office: Hammond Hall 415


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