Reading Specialist Certification

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Program Description

The Reading Specialist Certification is designed for applicants desiring to work as an all-level Reading Specialist. Students must successful complete a departmental comprehensive and/or portfolio examination before taking the Reading Specialist Exam.

This certification is also offered in coordination with the M.Ed. in Reading/Language Arts.


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

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Two letters of recommendations with recommendation checklists
  5. A copy of applicant’s teaching certificate
  6. A teacher service record with at least two years of successful teaching experience
  7. Interview with writing sample
  8. Official GRE or MAT scores, if GPA in last 60 hours is below a 3.0
  9. An official service record for each year of classroom service

For information regarding the recommendation checklists, interview, and writing sample, please contact the Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations at (936) 294-4045.

In addition, applicants must complete an online questionnaire that shows that (1) they are presently teaching (or have access to a class) so that assignments can be applied and (2) they possess the necessary technology skills for graduate work/research.

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.

Certificate Requirements

The Reading Specialist Certification requires the completion of 36 credit hours and is designed for those holding a valid Elementary or Secondary teaching certificate. The candidate must have two years successful teaching experience and successfully complete a departmental comprehensive and/or portfolio examination before taking the Reading Specialist Exam. Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they submit their comprehensive portfolio. The certification program originates in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations.

Reading Specialist Certification

Prerequisite: READ 5306
Prerequisite: Enroll concurrently with READ 5308
Prerequisite: Enroll concurrently with READ 5307
Prerequisite: READ 5306, READ 5307, READ 5308
Prerequisite: READ 7330
Reading Specialist Certification
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (36 credit hours)
Choose all from:
READ 5306 Foundations of Literacy
READ 5330 Literature and Instructional Materials in Reading Programs
READ 5335 Cognition and Emergent Literacy
READ 6310 The Administration and Supervision of Literacy Programs1
BESL 5302 Social, Cultural and Language Influence on Learning
READ 5315 Language Arts: Theory and Instruction
READ 5307 Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies I2 3
READ 5308 Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies II3 3
READ 5325 Improvement of Literacy in Secondary Schools and Adult Populations 3
READ 7330 Research in Language and Literacy I4 3
READ 7310 The Politics of Literacy 3
READ 6320 Internship in Reading Supervision5 3
Total 36


Reading (READ)
Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (BESL)

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