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Literacy MA or Reading Teacher (K-12) Endorsement

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Master's Degree or Endorsement Program for Teachers K-12, Focused on Literacy, Reading & Writing instruction

This program, which offers a master's degree or an endorsement-only option, prepares you to seek knowledge and experience about reading processes and practices.

  • Literacy Master of Arts – this degree includes the Reading Teacher (K-12) Endorsement. Master's degree students take one additional research course and seminar (4 total credit hours) than the endorsement students.
  • Reading Teacher (K-12) Endorsement – endorsement-only option for those who already have a master's degree.

After completion of this program you will be able to function more effectively as a classroom teacher who knows how to make important instructional decisions for students. Act as a school leader by directing reading and literacy programs, staff development and curriculum development at the school level.

A Full Reading/Literacy Program, Not Just a Specialization

UNC is the only institution in Colorado authorized to confer a master's degree focused entirely on literacy. Where many institutions offer a mix of generalist core classes and some literacy classes, our program is made up entirely of literacy courses.

Career Opportunities

Both the Master of Arts degree and the endorsement-only programs will make you eligible to take the Reading Teacher added endorsement PLACE exam. Our unique program will make you highly competitive for many literacy-oriented district and school positions, such as Literacy Specialist, Reading Intervention Teacher or Literacy Coach. For classroom teachers, the growth in demand for individualized reading and writing instruction for Response to Intervention and new standards make reading an area of study that will have a big impact on classrooms in coming years.

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Credits Required:
Master of Arts = 33
Endorsement = 29
Time to Completion:
2 years
$495/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jim Erekson


Program & Enrollment Manager:

Jon Shaw


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