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Reading Education

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jane Saunders
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 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15* June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

*The deadline for the Fall 2018 term has been extended to August 1, 2018.

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
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.

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. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international credential fee (if applicable)
  • $55 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission)

  Effective Fall 2019 and beyond

  • $55 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission to the master's + professional certification program)
    and either
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about 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 important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • 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 important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.

TOEFL Scores

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 important information about 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.