Reading M.Ed.

Total Semester Credit Hours = 30

The School of Education offers the Master of Education degree in reading. The School also offers the Reading Specialist Certification program. The program addresses establishing, maintaining, and evaluating reading programs on a building level or system-wide basis.

Certification Preparation

The Reading Specialist (EC-12) certificate is available at the graduate level. This certification preparation program requires two years of classroom teaching experience, a master’s degree, the completion of an appropriate course sequence, and the required TExES examination. Applicants for the Standard Reading Specialist Certificate must meet the same requirements as those for graduate degree programs in reading. 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in reading education, the individual must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Hold a Texas teacher certification (any field).
  3. Submit Texas teaching service record and any other documents required by Texas governing units.
  4. Complete the Graduate Admissions Application form and submit it to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  5. Submit official transcripts from the undergraduate institutions attended.
  6. If required, send official scores (obtained within the past five years) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  7. Complete admissions interview with the M.Ed. in Reading program coordinator.
  8. Have an appropriate GPA in degree plan as set by Texas Administrative Code and other administrative units.
  9. Admission is determined based on undergraduate GPA and, if necessary, satisfactory scores on the GRE in combination with the undergraduate GPA, successful admissions interview, and the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study.
  10. Pay Admission Fee for Entry into Educator Preparation Program.

NOTE 1:  The Reading program admits cohorts in the fall, spring, and summer terms. For detailed information regarding current admission requirements and application deadline, please see

NOTE 2: In accordance with Texas Administrative Code, all applicants must be fully admitted prior to taking any coursework in the area in which they are seeking certification. Therefore, no provisional admission is allowed. 

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours = 30

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