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UT Tyler School of Education - Graduate

Master of Education in Reading

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      • Reading Teachers
          • Reading Specialists
              • Master Reading Teachers / Literacy Coaches

Invest in your future. Apply today.

  • It's Simple—Apply for admission. Enroll in classes. Enjoy learning from the comfort of your home.
  • It's Flexible—Enroll full-time or part-time. Complete your degree in as little as 18 months.
  • It's Affordable—Save money. Pay lower rates than just about any program in the region. If you apply for scholarship support, our program saves you even more.

Reduced tuition makes our Reading program affordable:

  • 2013-2014 in-state tuition rate is just $6,250 for the entire program when taken over five semesters!*

Select from three related tracks to match your career goals:

  • Master's Degree in Reading with a Reading Specialist Certificate (30 Credit Hours). Must complete requirements within six calendar years.
  • Reading Specialist Certificate Only. Requires two years of classroom teaching experience, a standard teaching certificate, a master's degree, completion of required coursework, and state examination.
  • Master Reading Teacher Certificate. Requires three years of classroom teaching experience, a standard teaching certificate, a master's degree, completion of required coursework, and state examination.

Work with committed literacy educators and mentors. 

Join a team of highly qualified, caring, and dedicated literacy faculty. Together, they have the expertise, experience, and disposition to work with you and to support your diverse backgrounds, experiences, and disciplines.

  • Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, (Interdisciplinary Ph.D., Ohio University, 1987), Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Chair, Literacy Education
  • Dr. Olga Fischer, (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1980), Professor, Literacy Education
  • Dr. Joanna Neel, (Ed.D., Texas A & M- Commerce, 2006), Assistant Professor, Literacy Education
  • Dr. Annamary Consalvo, (Ph.D., UT Austin, 2011), Assistant Professor, Literacy Education

Learn to take on and solve important literacy challenges in your schools and communities. Put knowledge into action.

Did you know?: "At grades 4 and 8, students whose teachers hold master's degrees have scored higher than their peers whose teachers hold bachelor's degrees in every assessment since 2005." (Institute of Education Sciences, 2005-2011)

Career Opportunities

Career tracks for completing the graduate reading program include reading specialists, literacy coaches, instructional support teachers, and intervention specialists.

Instructional leaders, a career that encompasses reading specialists and literacy coaches, are expected to experience career growth during the decade ending in 2018. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career growth is anticipated to be 23%, which is far higher than expected for other occupations.

"Throughout our quest to become master reading professionals at The University of Texas at Tyler, my fellow students and I have been well prepared by the most highly qualified professors in the field of literacy and education.  Because of this, we are now ready to take on the challenges of being reading professionals and leading students and teachers to the best practices in literacy education and training." -Sharon Palmer, former student

Plan of Study

Block Course Title Hours

READ 5301

Language, Literacy, and Culture


READ 5302

Issues in Teaching of Literacy Using Children’s and Adolescent Literature


READ 5303

New & Emerging Media Literacies


READ 5304

Writing Workshop


EDUC 5301

Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences


READ 5305

Teaching Disciplinary Literacy to Adolescents


READ 5306

Literacy Assessment Practicum


READ 5307

Literacy Instruction Practicum


READ 5308

Action Research for Literacy Educators


READ 5309

Foundations of Literacy Coaching


Course Sequence - Reading Course Rotation Schedule

2013 2014 2015
Summer Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer Fall
Block I Block II Block III Block I Block II Block III Block I Block II
  Block IV Block V Block IV Block V Block IV Block V Block IV

Students must take the first three blocks (from the top row) before they may take the last two blocks (from the bottom row).

How to Apply

  • Complete an application through our online application.
  • Submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions (if GPA of last 60 hours is less than 3.25).
  • Complete admissions interview with Coordinator of Admissions to Online Graduate Programs.

Requirements for Admission

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Teacher Certification (any field).  Must provide evidence of certification if certification is not in the state of Texas.
  • For consideration for admission to the program, the applicant must either have an undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours) of 3.25 or higher, or earn at least 5 points from the following table:
GPA Points Awarded GRE (Verbal) Points Awarded GRE (Quantitative) Points Awarded
3.000-3.249 3 151+ 3 141+ 1
2.750-2.999 2 148-150 2    
2.000-2.749 1 146-147 1    


  • In order to be considered for admission, applicants must receive at least one point from each category.
  • Applicants with a GPA of 3.250 or higher do not need to submit GRE scores.
  • If your GPA is high enough to waive the GRE requirement, it will be waived at the time of admission. The GRE requirement will remain on your to-do list until that time.

International Applicants: If the applicant's bachelor's degree is from a non-US institution, it must be evaluated by a service on this list. Also, a total ibt TOEFL score of 79 with a speaking subsection score of 26 or higher is necessary for admission.

Financial Aid

Apply for one or more financial assistance options, including Teachers in Excellence Scholarships (up to $300 per semester), graduate assistantships, and Stafford loans.

Additional Information

For additional information on the Reading program, contact:

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, Program Coordinator

*Tuition subject to change.

For issues or complaints about this educator preparation program, email by going to (the complaints link is located in the red banner at the bottom of the home page) or mail to Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701.