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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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
Spring 2021New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
Former UHCL Students - January 5
Summer 2021New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
Former UHCL Students - May 25
Fall 2021New 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
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
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.
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.