Master of Education in Reading with Reading Specialist Certification

Program Overview

The University is pleased to offer the Master of Education degree in Reading with the possibility of obtaining the Reading Specialist Certification. The campus reading specialist serves as a resource to students, parents and teachers and administrators. Students will learn leadership and communication skills, as well as methods for improving the reading ability of students with a variety of different needs. If you are interested in learning and growing as a reading professional, the MEd Reading degree is a great opportunity for you.

The program consists of 36 credit hours (12 courses and a written comprehensive exam), and may be completed in approximately two years. Students who complete the necessary coursework and Texas requirements may be eligible for Reading Specialist certification.

Advantages and Opportunities

The Master’s Degree in Reading Education will provide you with methods of instruction and assessment for oral language development, reading skills development, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, written language development, and other basic components of literacy. You will also be taught procedures and resources for assessing and improving a child’s reading ability. This degree will prepare you to be an integral part of the educational leadership team on any school campus.


The Master’s Degree in Reading Education is a 36-hour graduate program. In order to obtain this degree, you do not have to be a certified teacher. Teachers in private school (who do not have to be certified), home school teachers, and any other interested individual is eligible for the reading education masters program of study.

In addition to being accepted into the University Master’s of Education Program, a student must be accepted into the Educator Preparation Program which requires a 2.5 GPA at the undergraduate level, or a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of university coursework.

If you are interested in obtaining a reading specialist certification (Texas), you would need to be a certified teacher with three years of teaching experience in an approved, accredited school district, charter school or private school. Further, students must pass the required state certification exam in order to be certified as a Reading Specialist.

Degree Plan

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