Reading Specialist Certification - Online Program

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The Reading Specialist Certification program is specifically designed for students who have graduated from the UTRGV Reading and Literacy M.Ed. and now wish to become K-12 Reading Specialists in the state of Texas. This six hour program consists of one course, taught each fall, that focuses on the role of the Reading Specialist. It is followed by the practicum course in the spring. Students will be approved to take the Reading Specialist TExES exam during their practicum.

This program is 100% online.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the certificate program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Master's degree in Reading and Literacy from UTRGV
  2. Current Teacher Certification in Texas
  3. Documentation of 2 years of teaching experience as a certified teacher
  4. Personal interview
  5. Clear Criminal Background Check
  6. Graduate GPA of at least 3.0
  7. Official transcripts from each institution attended
  8. Signed and returned acceptance letter

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Applicants for admission, students enrolled in this program and candidates for recommendation to the State of Texas for Reading Specialist Certification must be able to demonstrate essential abilities, professionalism, ethical behavior and other characteristics and behaviors adopted as standards for this profession. This will be done through the Fitness to Practice and Exit Policy.

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 6 Hours

RLIT 6355Reading Specialist


RLIT 6357Practicum


Total Credit Hours: 6