Master of Education

K-12 Literacy

This 36-hour graduate Master in Education program will prepare K-12 Literacy Specialists to work with students and other professionals in continuously improving the literacy knowledge and skills of the students in the school/district and to serve as professional advocates in this area.

This program may be completed online.

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Education degree program in K-12 Literacy if they meet the admission requirements for Graduate College.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who fail to meet the minimum requirements for admission have the opportunity for conditional admission if applicant meets the minimum graduate admission standards and upon a successful appeal to the program director. Students admitted under a conditional status must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA on the first twelve (12) graduate hours in the program.

Program Requirements

Degree Requirements

  1. Candidates for the Master of Education degree in K-12 Literacy education must complete the 36 semester hour degree program.

    Dyslexia Therapist, K-12 Licensure Endorsement Courses* (15 hours)

    DYS 5003 Dyslexia and Other Learning Disorders
    DYS 5013 Foundation of Language and Literacy Development
    DYS 5023 Interpreting and Administration of Assessment for Planning Instructions
    DYS 5033 Professional Learning and Leadership
    DYS 5043 Structured Language Teaching
    *These courses are required to meet the Dyslexia Therapist, Grades K-12 Licensure Endorsement in Arkansas.

    K-12 Literacy (21 hours)
    EDFD/MAT 6003 Educational Research
    MAMS/ELED/SEED 5333Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas
    RDNG 5023 Literacy Curriculum Design & Analysis
    RDNG 5043 Literacy, Language, and Culture
    RDNG 5053 Literacy, Technology, and the Reading Environment
    RDNG 6403 Literature for Children and Young Adults
    RDNG 6083 Reading Practicum
  2. A cumulative grade point average of a 3.00 or better must be achieved in all graduate work attempted at Arkansas Tech University, with a maximum of six (6) hours of "C" grades. A student receiving more than six (6) hours of "C" or grades lower than "C" should refer to the section of the catalog on Academic Probation and Dismissal.
  3. A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate course work completed at Arkansas Tech University.
  4. Completion of all degree requirements within six (6) years from the time of unconditional or conditional admission into the program.


Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.

Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework. 

Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program.  If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an Application for Graduation online or at the Registrar's Office. Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.

Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the program director and the Graduate College Dean.