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Reading Education

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jane Saunders
js99@txstate.edu
512.245.1512
Education Building,
Room 3057

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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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

Professional Certification Exam
You will be eligible to take the Texas Education Agency reading specialist exam or the master reading teacher exam upon successful completion of specific program requirements


Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 15 February 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding. See additional information about deadlines for part-time students.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis after the priority deadline has passed.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation 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

  • GRE scores not required

Documents

  • 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.


TOEFL Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with minimum individual scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 26 speaking
    • 19 writing

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  Funding Information
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.