Master of Education in Reading/Language Arts

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

The Master of Education in Reading/Language Arts is designed for both teacher practitioners who want to strengthen their understanding of literacy for application in their classrooms and teachers who are interested in obtaining a Texas Reading Specialist Certification. Candidates for the Reading Specialist Certification must have a valid elementary or secondary teaching certificate along with two years of successful teaching experience before taking the Reading Specialist Exam.


Admission

To be regularly admitted to the graduate school, applicants must submit to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both undergraduate and graduate (Note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected)
  4. If applicants do not have a GPA of at least 3.0, the GRE is required.
  5. Two letters of recommendations.
  6. A copy of applicant’s teaching certificate if the intention is to sit for the Texas Reading Specialist Certification Exam.
  7. Acceptable writing sample. Example topics include a philosophy of teaching, reasons for pursuing this degree, issues in working with struggling students, or other topics related to literacy. One topic is sufficient for the writing sample.

NOTE: Candidates may be permitted to enroll for one semester while their admission file is incomplete.

Applicants with completed files are reviewed for regular admission by graduate faculty in each program area and are selected by faculty based on information in the completed file.

Degree Requirements

This degree is designed for both teacher practitioners who want to strengthen their understanding of literacy for application in their classrooms and teachers who are interested in obtaining a Texas Reading Specialist Certification. Candidates for the Reading Specialist Certification must have a valid elementary or secondary teaching certificate along with two years of successful teaching experience before taking the Reading Specialist Exam.  Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they submit their capstone project. The degree plans originate in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations.

 

Master of Education in Reading leading to the Reading Specialist Certification (36 Semester Credit Hours)
Course Name Hours
READ 5306 Survey of Reading 3
READ 5330 Literature and Instructional Materials in Reading Programs 3
READ 5335 Cognition and Emergent Literacy 3
READ 6310 The Administration and Supervision of Literacy Programs 3
READ 6315 The Politics of Literacy 3
READ 7385 Digital Literacies
READ 5315 Language Arts: Theory and Instruction
READ 5307 Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies I
READ 5308 Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies II*
READ 5325 Improvement of Literacy in Secondary Schools and Adult Populations
READ 6320 Internship in Reading Supervision**** 3
BESL 5302 Social, Cultural and Language Influence on Learning OR READ 5312 Second Language Literacy
Total 36

COURSE PREREQUISITES IN THE MASTER OF EDUCATION IN READING

*Prerequisite: Enroll concurrently with READ 5308
*Prerequisite: Enroll concurrently with READ 5307
*Prerequisite: READ 5307READ 5308


Courses

Reading (READ)

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