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Master’s in Education in Reading Education Certification Options

Students in the Master’s in Reading Education Program are eligible for two separate state of Texas certifications upon successful completion of the below requirements.

 

Reading Specialist Certification:

  • Successfully complete 10 reading program courses and 2 electives/cognate courses (see below):

 

Required Classes

(10 Classes - 30 hours)

 

No prerequisites (5 classes, 15 hours)

RDG 5310: Teaching Literacy with Children’s & Young Adult Literature

RDG 5320: Foundations of Literacy Instruction

RDG 5322: Teaching Reading in the Elementary and Middle Schools

RDG 5326: Developmental Literacy in the Middle and Secondary Schools

RDG 5340: Connecting Reading and Writing in the Classroom

(can take as part of the Central Texas Writing Project in the summer)

 

Courses with Prerequisites (3 classes, 9 hours)

(See Graduate Catalog for Prerequisite Information)

RDG 5345: Assessment-Driven Literacy Instruction

RDG 5331: Literacy Methods for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

RDG 6330 Language Acquisition and Development for Literacy Instruction

 

Capstone Courses (2 classes, 6 hours)

(all other RDG courses should be completed or co-enrolled)

RDG 6336 Reading Specialist Internship I:  Designing and Evaluating Literacy Research in Schools

RDG 6333 Reading Specialist Internship II: Designing and Evaluating Literacy Professional Development in Schools.

 

Electives/Cognates (2 classes, 6 hours)

Any other RDG course (RDG 5324, RDG 5395, special topics, etc.)

SPED, C&I, and other courses in consultation with your advisor

  • Present the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) documentation of two years teaching experience.
  • Apply for and successfully complete TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards™ 151 Reading Specialist). 

 

Master Reading Teacher [MRT] Certification:

  • Successfully complete four courses:

RDG 5322: Teaching Reading in the Elementary and Middle Grades

RDG 5326: Developmental Literacy in the Middle and Secondary Grades 

RDG 5331: Literacy Methods for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students 

RDG 5345: Assessment-driven Literacy Instruction 

 

  • Present the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) documentation of three years teaching experience.
  • Apply for and successfully complete TExMaT (Texas Examinations for Master Teachers™ Master Reading Teacher).

*Graduates who earn certification as Reading Specialists automatically qualify to apply for the Master Reading Teacher certification as well (if they have at least three years teaching experience), without having to pass the applicable TExMaT (Texas Examinations for Master Teachers™ Master Reading Teacher).