Master Reading Teacher Credential Certification

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The Master Reading Teacher Credential Certification program is for pre-K through grade 12 educators who want to learn more about practical and theoretical aspects of reading. People enrolled in the program gain a thorough understanding of the reading process, how children learn to read, how to work with struggling readers, and how bilingual/ESL issues impact learning to read.

After completing the program participants can take the Master Reading Teacher exam in order to become certified Master Reading Teachers.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field, with at least 15 undergraduate credit hours in Reading or a related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • If applicant does not meet minimum undergraduate GPA criterion, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical is required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • One to two page personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate certificate.
    • Two  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
    • Minimum of 15 hours undergraduate hours in reading or a related field.
    • A copy of the applicant’s Teacher Service Record showing 2 years teaching experience.
    • Personal interview.

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Janine Schall

    Phone: (956) 665-5227

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EDUC 3102

    E-Mail: Janine.schall@utrgv.edu
  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note:

    • This program only admits applicants during Fall and Spring semesters.
    • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.
  • Course Requirements

     
    Required Courses 18
    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
     
    Total hours required for completion: 18

    Course Descriptions

    RLIT 6309: Theoretical Foundations of Reading and Literacy               [3‐0]

    This course examines major theories of reading and literacy and the influence of cognitive, sociocultural, multimodal and critical approaches to literacy on current understandings of how children and adults learn literacy in and out of school.

    RLIT 6313: Literacy Development and Language Study              [3‐0]

    This course examines theories of oral language development in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual contexts and the role of language as a foundation for literacy. Participants will explore phonology, morphology, orthography, syntax, and semantics. In addition, participants will explore instructional methods for teaching students how words and language works

    RLIT 6329: Literary Assessment and Instructional Decision‐Making              [3‐0]

    Participants will explore and critique formal and informal assessments suitable to the monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual literacy classroom. They will learn to develop or select, administer, and interpret appropriate assessments. Participants will also learn to make instructional decisions based on the results of these assessments.

    RLIT 6330: Teaching Struggling Readers              [3‐0]

    Participants learn cognitive, neurological, emotional, and sociocultural reasons some students struggle with literacy. Participants will explore what curricular structures and instructional strategies will build on student strengths to support these students in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual contexts. Fluency and comprehension will also be addressed.

    Prerequisite: RLIT 6329.

    RLIT 6356: Practicum I              [3‐0]

    Participants will complete a supervised practicum at a local school district. In addition, during regular class meetings participants will examine the multiple facets of the Reading Specialist, particularly identifying and working with readers who need extra support.

    Prerequisites: Literacy core courses, RLIT 6313, RLIT 6329 and admission to reading specialist/MRT option.

    RLIT 6357: Practicum II              [3‐0]

    Participants will complete a supervised practicum at a local school district. In addition, during regular class meetings participants will examine the multiple facets of the Reading Specialist, particularly mentoring teachers, providing appropriate professional development and being a literacy leader in their schools and communities.

    Prerequisites: Literacy core courses, RLIT 6313, RLIT 6329, RLIT 6356 and admission to reading specialist/MRT option.