Reading Specialists’ Role is Key to Student Success
Reading specialists have the opportunity to help students who are striving to improve their literacy skills at all levels of education. With your Master of Science in Reading with a Reading Specialist Certificate from University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Education, you’ll be equipped to work with students to help them develop the literacy skills everyone needs to become successful students and future members of the workforce. Your coursework will promote culturally relevant teaching and foster a broad understanding of multiple perspectives through differentiated instruction across curriculum. To support these efforts, a wide range of literature is used to increase your capacity to think critically, responsively, and reflectively.
Help Close the Achievement Gap. Help All Students Achieve Reading Proficiency.
As the number of struggling readers and writers continues to increase, your skills
as a reading specialist who assesses, instructs, and supports the development of these
students will be a priority in most school districts. This graduate plan in Reading
leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a Reading Specialist certificate.
Students seeking this certification must hold a valid Texas teaching certificate and
must be able to verify a minimum of two years of full-time approved successful teaching
experience. A passing score on the Reading Specialist Texas Examinations of Educator
Standards (TExES) is required. The plan consists of a minimum of 30-31 semester hours
and can lead to employment in schools, community colleges, and various business and
non-profit settings involving the literacy field.
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
New Degree Seeking - December 1
Priority* - January 4
Final* and Session Start - January 16
New Degree Seeking - May 1 (Some programs may not apply)
New Degree Seeking - August 1
Priority* - August 13
Final* and Session Start - August 27
*Former/Non-degree seeking/Certificate Graduate Students applicants who apply after the priority deadline can expect to go through late registration. $50 late registration fee will be assessed.
- International Deadlines
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
Priority – February 1
Final – April 1
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
Freshman will not be accepted for Summer semester
Accreditations and Distinctions
UHCL’s College of Education graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for both initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation. We’re one of only 14 educator preparation programs in Texas to hold this accreditation. The College of Education is also accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency and holds accreditations from a number of organizations for individual specializations and certification programs.
We’ve earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.