Reading Specialist Certification

Elevate Your School’s Literacy Proficiency Level

Reading specialists have the opportunity to help students who are striving to improve their literacy skills at all levels of education. With your Reading Specialist EC-12 Certification from University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Education, you will be equipped to work with students and teachers to achieve literacy success. 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.

Achieve Your Reading Specialist Certification

Students seeking Reading Specialist certification must hold a master's degree and a valid Texas teaching certification and verify a minimum of two years approved successful full-time teaching experience. A passing score on the Reading Specialist Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) is required. The plan consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours.

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Admission Requirements

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Degree Requirements

Ready to learn about the classes you need to take to earn your degree from the College of Education at University of Houston-Clear Lake? Find out all you need to know about the required course work, complete with options for electives.


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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Summer 2021
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Former UHCL Students - May 25
  • Fall 2021
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Former UHCL Students - August 18

Please note, some graduate programs have special requirements and different deadlines from those above. For more information visit How to Apply.

Former UHCL Students and non-degree seeking students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information.


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

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

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL


Accreditations and Distinctions

The College of Education is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency.

We’ve earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.


Reading Specialist Certification Faculty

Lillian Benavente-McEnery
Lillian Benavente-McEnery

Lillian Benavente-McEnery

Professor of Reading and Language Arts,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3539
Email: mcenery@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1321

Lillian Benavente-McEnery Faculty Bio

Roberta Raymond

Roberta Raymond

Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator of Reading and Language Arts,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3593
Email: raymond@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1325

Roberta Raymond Faculty Bio