Master Reading Teacher – Graduate Certificate

Student reading documents

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.

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About the Program

  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • 18 graduate core credit hours
  • $589.43 per credit hour

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.


RLIT 6309: Theoretical Foundations of Reading and Literacy 3
RLIT 6313: Literacy Development and Language Study 3
RLIT 6329: Literacy Assessment and Instructional Decision‐Making 3
RLIT 6330: Teaching Struggling Readers 3
RLIT 6356: Practicum I 3
RLIT 6357: Practicum II 3

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.


Fall Spring
Application Deadline April 15 October 1

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Tuition and Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown

  • $10,609.74* Total program cost
  • $589.43 Per credit hour
  • $1,254.29 Per 3-credit course

*Tuition and fee rates shown above are proposed rates for the 2015-2016 academic year. We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Approved tuition and fee rates for UTRGV should be available prior to the fee payment deadline for August 2015 enrollment.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $32

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If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call us at 956-882-6552 or 956-665-3661 or email

Admissions Criteria

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

  • Online Application
    Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee online.
  • Official Transcript
    Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Valid Teaching Certificate

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Program Contact

Program Director: Dr. Janine Schall
Phone: (956) 665-5227