Degree Requirements

Students must successfully complete 30 semester hours of approved coursework while maintaining at least a B (3.0) average in all work attempted while enrolled. During the semester when students enroll in EDUC 5285-3: Reading Clinic K-12, they must successfully complete a teacher research project/major paper. The Master’s degree must be completed within four years.

Course Requirements

Please also consult the Curriculum and Instruction Literacy Degree Plan.

Candidates develop a degree plan (in consultation with their faculty advisor in their first semester. The frequency of individual course offerings varies; therefore, candidates should plan ahead so that the required 30 semester hours are completed within the four-year limit. Approved coursework meets the following distribution requirements:

  1. 15 semester hours with an emphasis in literacy education and should be taken after the student has completed two years of teaching (Note: students in the PIE program may begin these courses after one year of teaching)
  2. 15 semester hours of electives are required. Electives may be selected from any School of Education program area with the agreement of the advisor. Students may also take courses in other departments in related fields (e.g., linguistics) that are offered at the 5000 level and taught by a faculty member with a graduate appointment.

Comprehensive Exam

The Master’s comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of the teacher research project/major paper completed in EDUC 5285: Reading Clinic K-12. This major paper is evaluated by both the course instructor and at least one outside reader who holds a graduate appointment. Students must be registered for at least one credit the semester they complete their major paper.

Transfer of Credit

  1. Students who began CU’s Teacher Education Program as Post-Baccalaureate Students may transfer two of the following courses as electives:
    • EDUC 5205-3 Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDUC 5215-3 Science Education in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDUC 5315-3 Nature of Science and Science Education
    • EDUC 5316-3 Nature of Social Studies Education
    • EDUC 5317-3 Nature of Mathematics Education
    • EDUC 5325-3 Literature in Middle & Secondary Schools
    • EDUC 5355-4 Methods in Secondary Social Studies
    • EDUC 5365-4 Methods in Secondary English
    • EDUC 5375-4 Methods in Secondary Mathematics
    • EDUC 5385-4 Methods in Secondary Science
      [Note: Those transferring from secondary programs will transfer 7 credits; therefore, they will complete a 31-credit master’s degree.]
  2. Students who began CU’s Teacher Education Program as Undergraduate Students may be eligible to transfer two of the courses listed in item one above. Contact the Teacher Education Student Advisor or the Graduate Program Assistant.
  3. Students who completed initial teacher preparation at another institution may transfer credit under the following guidelines. Transfer credits from accredited institutions are accepted by CU Boulder only after approval by the department chair/program director and under the special conditions outlined in the Graduate School Rules. Transfer credit is defined as any credit earned at another accredited institution, credits earned on another campus of the CU system, or credits earned as a non-degree student within the CU system. The maximum amount of work that may be transferred from another accredited institution to CU Boulder is nine semester hours and is accepted only after approval of the program director. All courses accepted for transfer must be graduate level courses. A course in which a grade of B- or lower was received will not be accepted for transfer. Transfer course work must not be more than five years old. Credit may not be transferred until the student has completed 6 credits of graduate level course work as a degree-seeking student on the CU Boulder campus with a 3.0 GPA. 
    Transfer of Credit Request Form

Degree Plan

MA Curriculum and Instruction Literacy Degree Plan