Reading Specialist Certification
The Reading Specialist certification program is a state of Texas teaching certification.
Reading Specialist Certifications Requirements
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE READING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION
- Admission to the graduate program of Texas A&M University in the College of Education and Human Development, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC)
- Specific coursework offered by TLAC
- A valid Texas teaching certificate
- The successful completion of a TExES examination, given by the state of Texas
- Two years of teaching experience at an accredited school — can be completed before, during, or after coursework
- Students must declare their interest in pursuing the MRT and/or Reading Specialist certification(s) when accepting the admission offer for the master’s graduate program. Contact Sarah Oakley (email@example.com) to begin this process.
- Students must also claim a TEA ID# if they do not already have one. The TEA ID# must be claimed at the time of admission into the master’s program.
- All requested information must be provided by the student by the deadlines provided.
- Students who began their graduate studies prior to 2014 can no longer be approved to take the exam(s).
Because of the close correspondence between Master Reading Teacher certification, Reading Specialist Certification, and the master’s degree, interested students are strongly encouraged to consider a program that accomplishes all three.
Resources & Course Requirements
The Reading Specialist certification program requires students contact an advisor at the time of admission into the master’s graduate program in order to be eligible to pursue the certification. Intention to pursue certification can also be indicated on the departmental application.
Students will need to provide a TEA ID# and a UIN within 7 days of their acceptance notification.
The Reading Specialist certificate is a State of Texas teaching certificate that requires:
- 7 Specific Courses (see below)
- The successful completion of a TExES examination given by the State
- A valid Texas teaching certificate
- Two years of successful teaching experience in an accredited school (can be completed before, during, or after coursework)
The Master Reading Teacher Certification can be earned in conjunction with the Reading Specialist Certification.
Core courses for the M.ED.
EDCI 602: Cultural Foundations of Education (Also required for Reading Specialist)
EDCI 644: Curriculum Development
EDCI 673: Analysis of Teaching Behavior
Required Reading Courses:
Survey Courses: These courses are survey courses designed to introduce current practices in teaching reading, EC-12. At least one of these should be taken prerequisite to or concurrent with any other RDNG courses in the program.
RDNG 674: Developmental Reading in the Elementary School
RDNG 649: Reading Instruction in High School and College
RDNG 604: Reading Diagnosis
RDNG 616: Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs
RDNG 620: Literacy and Language
RDNG 642: Clinic Teaching in Reading
RDNG 650: Foundations of Reading Instruction
Other Recommended Courses:
Because the Reading Specialist certificate covers EC-12, students are encouraged to take courses in child and adolescent development unless prior coursework and experience have satisfied this requirement. Typical courses include: EPSY 646 Issues in Child and Adolescent Development, EPSY 321 Adolescent Development for those with elementary or middle grade certification, or EPSY 320 Child Development for those with secondary certification.
RDNG 612: Children’s Literature and Literacy
RDNG 613: Multicultural Children’s Literature and Literacy
RDNG 630: Writing Development Assessment and Instruction
Degree: Teacher Certification Program
Program Delivery: Traditional
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the typical program costs?
The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator
Please note, you must update the program hours.
I still have further questions—who can I contact to help me answer those?
Please feel free to contact the Graduate Advising Office in 104 Heaton Hall. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We can be reached at (979) 862-8032. (This is our front desk phone.) You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our mailing address is 4232 TAMU; College Station, TX 77843-4232. Office fax number: (979) 862-4352. Please make sure to include a cover sheet when faxing.
Can you guide me through the application process?
Completed Application: A completed Apply Texas application. Apply online at www.applytexas.org. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Application Fee: A non-refundable $50 application fee for domestic applicants and $75 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060. Official Transcripts and Records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. For information on submitting official transcripts to Texas A&M University, please visit their website. * If you are currently a graduate student at Texas A&M University, please contact our office at 979-862-8032 for information on applying to the TLAC department. TLAC Departmental Admissions In addition to the Texas A&M University admission requirements, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture requires the following information: Departmental Application for Online Ed.D. Program The departmental application will be submitted electronically. You will be required to upload a copy of your professional resume, three professional references, and writing samples.
How soon can I apply?
Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible!
I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.
Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?
Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid