MA Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy

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The Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction is designed to provide professional educators increased knowledge of current research on teaching and learning and its contexts and to apply that research in practice. The degree provides an opportunity for teachers to focus on an area of interest and to develop increased skills and knowledge in that area. The MA in Curriculum & Instruction is a thirty (30) semester-hour program designed for licensed, practicing teachers who desire to continue developing their professional expertise. Candidates complete a core of academic work requiring:

1. Examination of educational issues from the perspective of social context and culturally responsive pedagogy;

2. Investigation and analysis of curricular design and models of teaching;

3. Examination and analysis of seminal and current research and application of research in instructional settings;

4. Consideration of the role and uses of technology in curriculum and instruction and its implementation in the classroom.

Further, the selection of a cognate emphasis area allows students to concentrate their coursework in an area of instruction in which they wish to develop a particular expertise: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Science Education, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, Instructional Technology, Leadership. For information on our Teacher Education Licensure Program (TELP), go to the Teacher Education Licensure Program website.

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)

Current résumé

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

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, AACRAO ( or World Education Services/WES

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

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