Nov 20, 2019  
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog

Reading, MA


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Administrative Unit

This degree is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research through the faculty of Reading, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education.

Objectives

The Master of Arts in Reading program is designed for teachers who want to strengthen their understanding of literacy for application within their classrooms, and to prepare Reading Specialists for teaching, diagnosis, instructional leadership, and staff development. This reading/literacy degree also fulfills the academic requirements for certification as a Master Reading Teacher, allowing students to earn two certifications within 36 hours of coursework. The program culminates with writing three scholarly research papers, an action research projects or a thesis.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours – or – Successful completion of previous Master’s Degree
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “What is your vision of why you want to become a reading specialist?”

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “What is your vision of why you want to become a reading specialist?”
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined);
    • May also consider cultural components including, but not limited to, English as a second language, weak academic preparation that can be remediated, student motivation and desire to succeed, evidence of success in career field (e.g., teaching or service awards), and/or candidate’s diverse experiences and perspectives.

Program Requirements (36 sch)


+ See program coordinator if simultaneous ESL endorsement is sought.

Professional Certification Preparation


A graduate student seeking certification as a Reading Specialist with Master Reading Teacher must have at least two years of satisfactory teaching experience in accredited PK-12 schools. The student should consult the program coordinator to verify current requirements for the desired certification(s). These requirements are established by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and may change more frequently than published degree requirements.

Masters in Reading with Teacher Certification


A graduate student seeking certification as an elementary or middle school classroom teacher may apply their graduate-level certification coursework toward the requirements for the Master of Arts in Reading. Contact the Reading program coordinator or the certification program coordinator for information about this option.

Program Recommendations


All students should include EDRD 6305 Research Design in Reading Education  near the end of their coursework as preparation for their culminating experience.

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