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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Reading Specialist Certificate

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Students seeking Reading Specialist certification must hold a master's degree and a valid Texas teaching certification and verify a minimum of two years of 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 24-25 semester hours.

Students who meet the graduate admissions requirements to the College of Education (COE) (see Graduate Admissions Requirements) must meet additional requirements prior to being admitted to the Reading Specialist program. Each applicant must:

  • have a GPA of 2.750 over the last 60 hours;
  • provide proof of having a valid Texas teaching certificate; and
  • provide a letter of support from a school building administrator.

Check prerequisites before enrolling in any courses.

Certificate Requirements

Required Reading courses (21 hours):
LLLS 5133 Foundations of Reading
Credit Hours: 3
LLLS 5635 The Teaching of Writing
Credit Hours: 3
LLLS 6331 Sociolinguistic Applications to Reading
Credit Hours: 3
LLLS 6332 Foundations of Early and Secondary Literacy
Credit Hours: 3
LLLS 6333 Genre Studies in Children's Young Adult Literature
Credit Hours: 3
LLLS 6639 Leadership in Clinical Practices in Assessment of Literacy Tasks
Credit Hours: 3
LLLS 6732 Assessment and Remediation of Reading and Language Arts Literacy
Credit Hours: 3
Other course (1 hour):
LLLS 5010 Professional Preparation Seminar for Reading Specialists
Credit Hours: 1

Additional Information

Students not passing the Reading Specialist state assessment by the final semester of this plan must also enroll in and successfully complete this course. 
Capstone Experience (3 hours):
LLLS 6839 Practicum in School Literacy Practices
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

All placement sites must have an approved UHCL Agreement of Affiliation on record with the Center for the Professional Development of Teachers office prior to beginning the practicum.