M.Ed. Reading Specialist - Online

 

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Miller, (432) 837-8013

Reading Specialist Program Handbook

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Education -- Reading Specialist Program at Sul Ross State University. The complete Master of Education Reading Specialist Degree program is offered online. Reading Specialists serve in many positions including central office administrators, campus reading specialists, supervisors of campus reading programs, language arts and reading curriculum designers, and private practitioners. Our reading specialist program addresses reading instruction, the implementation of reading instruction, reading assessment, and language acquisition. It is delivered through Blackboard. All coursework requires approval of the major advisor and must be completed within six years. The program consists of 30 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from the following areas:

Reading Component (21 Semester Credit Hours)

  • ED 5308 Foundations of Literacy (Offered Online Program in Fall) or EDUC 5308 Foundations of Literacy (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)
  • ED 6311 Emergent Literacy and Language Development (Offered Online Program in Fall) or EDUC 6313 Advanced Language Acquisition & Literature Development (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)
  • ED 6313 Teaching Reading in Content Areas (Offered Online in Fall and Summer) or EDUC 6314 Diagnosis & Correction of Reading Disabilities Development (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)
  • ED 6314 EDUC 6314 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
  • ED 6317 Organization & Supervision of Reading Programs (Offered Online Program Spring) or EDUC 6317 (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)
  • ED 6318 Literacy through Literature (Offered Online Program Spring) or EDUC 6315 Curriculum Theory & Development (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)
  • ED 7312 Practicum in Reading (Offered Online Program Fall and Spring) or EDUC 7312 (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)

Professional Component (9 SCH)

  • ED 5307 Graduate Research (Offered Online Program all semesters) or EDUC 5301 Research Methodology (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)
    * must be taken within first twelve hours.
  • ED 6308 Advanced Human Growth & Development (Offered Online Program Spring, Summer I) or EDUC 6308 Advanced Human Growth & Development (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)
  • ED 5316 Diversity in Public Education (Offered Online Program all semesters) or EDUC 5316 Teaching the Multicultural Learner (Rio Grande College Face to Face Program)

Additional SRSU Requirements

  • ED 5307 Graduate Research must be taken within the first 12 hours
  • Attain 260 points or higher on the Department of Education practice test (Certify Teacher Reading Specialist Preparation Software for Educator Certification)

Certification as a Texas Reading Specialist requires:
Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2019

  • a Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • a valid Texas Teacher Certification
  • a minimum of three years teaching experience in a TEA accredited school
  • a score of 260 or higher on the TExES 151 (Reading Specialist Exam) by March 25, 2021

Students Admitted Fall 2019-Beyond

  • a Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • a valid Texas Teacher Certification
  • a minimum of three years teaching experience in a TEA accredited school
  • a score of 260 or higher on the TExES 251 (Reading Specialist Exam) by March 25, 2021

Test Timeline:  TExES 151 Reading Specialist Exam expires on March 25, 2021. All students enrolled prior to Fall 2019, will need to plan to take the TExES 151 prior to March 25, 2021. Students admitted the Fall of 2019 and beyond will be prepared to take the TExES 251 exam, which begins March 26, 2021.

Certification in Other States:    

Please consult your state certification specialists.


READING SPECIALIST (CERTIFICATION ONLY)

                      ED 5308 Foundations of Literacy
                      ED 6311 Emergent Literacy and Language Development
                      ED 6313 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
                      ED 6314 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
                      ED 6317 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs
                      ED 6318 Language Through Literature
                      ED 7312 Practicum in Reading         

  1. Pass the Department of Education pre-exam for the TExES #151
  2. Complete 3 years of classroom teaching
  3. Pass the Texas Education Agency TExES #151 Reading Specialist Exam