The Teaching and Learning Department recently received approval for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy. The program revision will encompass emphasis in both reading and writing. The program will include core foundation courses that are college-wide offerings and courses that are specific graduate-level in literacy. In addition, we plan to offer a "tiered" program in which MA students could continue, if desired, their coursework and receive Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist endorsements from the state.
Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Admissions Checklist Requirements
*MA C & I: Literacy-Students must hold an initial or professional teaching license-will take 33 credit hrs. described below.
**Reading Teacher Endorsement-Students must hold an initial or professional teaching license PLUS 2 years of teaching experience-will take 33 credit hours PLUS 6 additional credit hours of coursework, described below.
***Reading Specialist Endorsement-Students must hold an initial or professional teaching license, PLUS 3 years of teaching experience, hold a Reading Teacher endorsement - 9 additional credit hours of coursework, described below.
Remaining Admission Requirements
Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1
Complete the electronic online application: Apply Now!
Obtain three letters of reference
Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended
Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements)
Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure
Interview with department faculty member
Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program.
**If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process, or would like more programmatic information, call 719-255-4996 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional items of note for International applicants:
English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.
Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services http://www.naces.org/members.htm), AACRAO (http://www.aacrao.org/) or World Education Services/WES https://www.wes.org/).
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.
*M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy
Core (12 credits)
|CURR 5000 -3 Foundations: History & Research in Curriculum Studies-Prerequisite for ALL coursework|
|CURR 5002 -3 Issues, Strategies, and Models of Curriculum Design-Prerequisite for CURR 5090|
|LEAD 5700 -3 Introduction to Research and Statistics-Prerequisite for CURR 5090|
|CURR 5090 -3 Research Project-Final Course in Program|
Literacy Content (21 credits)
|CURR 5702 -3 Literacy for Linguistically Different Learners|
|CURR 5415 -3 Foundations of Literacy: Theories & Models|
|CURR 5401 -3 Issues and Trends in Literacy|
|CURR 5414 -3 Literacy Assessment: Diagnosis and Evaluation K-12 OR CURR 5410-3 Informal Diagnosis and Differentiation K-12|
|CURR 5420 -3 Literature for Childen and Adolescents|
|CURR 5412 -3 Strategies for Writing Instruction|
|CURR 5400 -3 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas|
**Reading Teacher Endorsement
Required 2 years teaching experience and M.A. in Reading/Literacy.
PLACE test for Reading Teacher required upon completion of coursework to add endorsement.
CURR 5432 -3 Field Based Practicum Elementary-OR CURR 5433-3 Field Based Practicum Secondary
|CURR 5430 -3 Reading Clinic Elementary-OR CURR 5431-3 Reading Clinic Secondary|
***Reading Specialist Endorsement
Required 3 years teaching experience, M.A. in Reading/Literacy, and Reading Teacher Endorsement coursework.
PLACE test for Reading Specialist required upon completion of coursework to add endorsement.
|CURR 5413 -3 Supervision and Coaching Literacy|
|CURR 5432 -3 Field Based Practicum Elementary OR CURR 5433-3 Field Based Practicum Secondary
(opposite level from Reading Teacher course)
|CURR 5434 -3 Capstone in Literacy Leadership|