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Reading M.S. with Reading Specialist Certificate

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.

Provide Resources and Leadership for the Entire School

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.

  • The required Reading Practicum (a hands-on course) affords the opportunity to work with K-12 students in a clinical setting.
  • Candidates also learn to communicate with and coach colleagues, parents, and the community about literacy issues.
  • Coursework includes exposure and work with technology-based products (digital books, book podcasts, etc.) designed to meet rigorous instructional standards.

Help Close the Achievement Gap. Help All Students Achieve Reading Proficiency.

As the number of striving 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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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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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Spring 2021
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Former UHCL Students - January 5
  • 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 M.S. with Reading Specialist Certificate Faculty

Lillian Benavente-McEnery
Lillian Benavente-McEnery

Lillian Benavente-McEnery

Professor of Reading and Language Arts,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3539
Email: mcenery@cl.uh.edu
Office: 1119-07

Faculty Bio

Elaine Hendrix
Elaine Hendrix

Elaine Hendrix

Clinical Associate Professor of Reading and Language Arts,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3635
Email: hendrixe@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 3203.8

Faculty Bio

Heather Pule
heather pule

Heather Pule

Clinical Assistant Professor of Reading and Language Arts,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3577
Email: pule@uhcl.edu
Office: S3203

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: S3203

Faculty Bio