Master's Degrees

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Language, Reading & Culture M.A.

The Language, Reading & Culture M.A. program provides students with a foundational understanding of the concepts, methods, and theories related to language, reading, and culture. Emphasis is placed on developing abilities and competencies that lead to improvements in teaching and learning processes within the classroom. The program focuses on language and literacy theory, research, and practice. A specially designed sequence of required courses is available to acquire a K-12 Reading Endorsement for the state of Arizona, preparing teachers to be reading specialists or Chapter I teachers.

The program has a wide range of courses and experiences available to graduate students. As a student in the program, you must select or design a focus area that aligns with your interests and goals.

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Learn and develop competencies in language, reading, writing, early literacy, children's literature, adult and family literacy, multicultural education, and applied linguistics
Study and conduct research related to language, reading, and culture
Gain hands-on field experience through an internship or research

Sample Courses

Courses in the 32-credit program are delivered in-person and online. Core coursework in the program include TLS 504 (Language and Culture in Education) and TLS 505 (Language and Literacy). In addition to core coursework, students must complete 6 credits of field experience and 3 credits of research.


The Language, Reading & Culture M.A. program prepares you for a variety of professional and academic roles. Depending on what, if any, endorsement you choose to pursue, you may graduate endorsed as a reading specialist or Chapter I teacher.

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For inquiries about the program, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator Andrea Lauritzen.