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Master Reading Teacher
Online Certification Program

master reading teacher certification program

The purpose of the Master Reading Teacher Certification is to supply schools with teachers who can provide leadership in the area of literacy development. Students take 15 hours of graduate Reading classes followed by a TExES exam to become a master Reading Teacher.

Admission Requirements

Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Valid Teaching Certificate

Candidates must hold a valid teaching certificate; they must be a certified reading specialist or have a minimum 3 years experience. Notification of decisions on graduate admission is made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department. Information related to application procedures and deadlines is available at the Office of Graduate Studies.

master reading teacher REQUIREMENTS

EDLI   6310    Beginning and Developing Literacy
EDLI   6320    Adolescent Literacy Instruction
EDLI   6330    Literacy Issues and Instruction for Special Populations
EDLI   6360    Assessment Issues and Practices in Literacy
EDLI   6380    Practicum in Literacy Leadership



EDLI 6310 Beginning and Developing Literacy

Participants will learn about the developmental nature of literacy including factors that may affect it, such as the learning environment and parental involvement. Participants must learn to implement research based instructional strategies that address all the elements of a beginning and developing literacy program according to state standards. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

EDLI 6320 Adolescent Literacy Instruction

Participants learn strategies to address the diverse literacy needs of adolescents across all content areas according to state standards. Issues and characteristics of the adolescent reader are addressed. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

EDLI 6330 Literacy Issues and Instruction for Special Populations

This course addresses issues and instruction for English language learners, students with literacy difficulties (including dyslexia), and students of all backgrounds according to state standards. Participants will explore ways to ensure that all learners receive equitable instruction. Lec.3, Cr. 3

EDLI 6360 Assessment Issues and Practice in Literacy

The content focuses on current trends and issues in assessment practices along with the role it plays in guiding instruction. Participants learn to assess all areas of literacy including: emergent and developing literacy, spelling, writing, oral language, comprehension, use of study strategies, viewing listening and speaking. Lec.3, Cr. 3

EDLI 6380 Practicum in Literacy Leadership

The course focuses on differentiated professional development in literacy, goal setting, and reflective practice in schools and programs that serve English language learners. Policy and research in organizational change, motivating and leading adult learners, and parent and community involvement will be explored. Lec.3, Cr.3

contact information

Dr. Kathy Bussert-Webb, Advisor
EDBC 1.114 · 956-882-7595

Office of Graduate Studies
University Boulevard
Classroom Building 1.202
Phone: 956-882-6552
Fax: 956-882-7279

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