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MA Language, Reading and Culture – Early Childhood Education

The Master of Arts (MA) in Language, Reading and Culture – Early Childhood Education at University of Arizona prepares graduate students to serve in early childhood education as advocates, educators, policy makers, directors, administrators, and researchers to create engaging and safe learning environments for young children.

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Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August, January, May
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The in Language, Reading and Culture – Early Childhood Education at University of Arizona 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 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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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016

Study Content

  • Literacy Assessment
  • Early Literacy Curriculum & Instruction
  • Teacher Research
  • Field Research in Communities & Schools
  • The Art of the Picture Book
  • Literature, Literacy & the Young Child
  • Language Socialization Across Cultures
  • Observation and Documentation as Tools
  • Curriculum as Inquiry
  • Language Acquisition and Development

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