The program prepares certified teachers to meet standards established by the International Literacy Association to become reading specialists, literacy coaches or reading administrators. After graduation, students who pass the state-issued exam and have at least two years teaching experience can qualify for the professional reading specialist certificate.
|Degree||Certification||Hours||Thesis Option||Minor Option|
|M.Ed.||EC-12 Reading Specialist||36||Non-Thesis||Cognate required|
This program has a flexible deadline.
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding. See additional information about deadlines for part-time students.
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis after the priority deadline has passed.
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- $50 nonrefundable international credential fee (if applicable)
- $55 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission)
Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).
Transcripts & GPA
- baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
- a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
- minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.
- GRE scores not required
- departmental application
- statement of purpose (3–5 pages, double-spaced) describing current teaching of literacy, objectives in enrolling in the program, and goals for improving literacy instruction
- copy of official teaching certificate (and preferably at least one year of teaching experience)
Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
- official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
- 22 listening
- 22 reading
- 24 speaking
- 21 writing
This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.
The priority deadline is geared toward funding opportunities for full-time students. As most students in the program attend part-time, the standard deadline remains the most important deadline for the reading education program since the timeline part-time funding opportunities varies. The reading program will continue to admit students as long as space is available.