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Reading Education

Dr. Emily Dean, Program Director

Admission Criteria

Applicants for the Master of Education degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally

accredited college or university. Admission to graduate study in gifted and talented education and

reading specialist requires meeting two of the three academic standards as listed below and

receiving the endorsement of the program director.

Academic Standards

4.

GPA of 3.00 in all upper-level course work (junior and senior level courses) or overall

undergraduate GPA of 2.70.

5.

GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work appropriate to the intended field of study.

6.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score at or above the 50th percentile on the verbal sub-test.

Departmental Endorsement

Admission to the program requires review and recommendation by the director of the program via

a personal interview. All undergraduate prerequisites and/or transfer work must be approved by

the director of the program and the dean of graduate studies.

Curriculum

Reading Specialist Education (READ)

Students majoring in reading specialist education will complete the 36 semester hours listed below

and 160 internship hours.

EDUC 6301 Introduction to Research Techniques..............................................................3

READ 6305 Understanding & Working with Students of Diverse Cultures ......................3

READ 6307 Change in Reading Instruction: Trends and Issues .........................................3

READ 6308 Assessment/Instruction I: The Emergent Reader ...........................................3

READ 6309 Assessment/Instruction II: The Developing Reader ......................................3

READ 6310 Directing Reading Instruction ........................................................................3

READ 6312 Child and Young Adult Literature .................................................................3

READ 6315 The Reading Specialist ...................................................................................3

READ 6319 Assessment/Instruction III: The Disabled Reader ..........................................3

Education Electives .............................................................................................................9

Total ..................................................................................................................................36

Master Reading Teacher Certificate

The master reading teacher is an individual who holds a Master Reading Teacher Certificate

(MRTC) and whose primary duties are to teach reading and to serve as a reading mentor to other

teachers. The Master Reading Teacher Certificate has been implemented as part of the Texas

Reading Initiative to ensure that all Texas students are reading on grade level by the end of the

third grade and that the reading knowledge and skills grow throughout their public school careers.

The MRTC may be obtained in two ways:

1.

An individual who holds a Reading Specialist Certificate must complete an SBEC

approved Master Reading Teacher preparation program.

2.

An individual must have a teaching certificate, at least three years of teaching experience,

completed an SBEC approved Master Reading Teacher program, and pass the Master

Reading Teacher Certification Exam.