UT Tyler

UT Tyler School of Education - Graduate

Master of Education in Reading - Online Only

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

M.Ed. in Reading Flyer

Now taking applications for the spring and summer 2017 semesters.

The Reading program only admits students during the summer and spring terms. Please make note of this when applying for admissions into the Master of Education in Reading Program.

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 within two years.
  • 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:

  • 2015-2016 in-state tuition rate is just $6,350 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. 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, Reading Specialist, Spring 2012 Graduate.

"The Master of Education in Reading program through the University of Texas at Tyler has given me the insight and knowledge necessary to be a successful, professional literacy educator for both students and teachers alike. As a direct result of the expertise of the professors, I am prepared and have the confidence necessary to make a significant contribution in the literacy community. Thank you!" -Shelley Smith, Reading Specialist, Spring 2015 Graduate.

"I believe the Masters of Education in Reading program at The University of Texas at Tyler is vital to my future success as a literacy professional. The program classes were small, interesting, and adaptive for real world classrooms. The professors were always available and happy to help. I could not have had a better experience obtaining my master's degree." -Carrie Thompson, Summer 2015 Graduate

Plan of Study

Courses Required



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



View the rotation of courses for the online Master of Education in Reading.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Master of Education in Reading program, a prospective student must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Possess Texas Teacher Certification (any field).  Must provide evidence of certification if certification is not in the state of Texas.
  • Complete the application for admission to a graduate program.
  • Submit the following documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below:
    • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
    • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - This can be waived if your last 60 hours of undergraduate work is a 3.25 or higher and will be determined once all transcripts have been submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
    • Copy of your teacher certification
    • Copy of teacher service record (Can be obtained from your district Human Resources office)

The Office of Graduate Admissions, ADM 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

You may also email documents to ogs@uttyler.edu

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:


Points Awarded

GRE (Verbal)

Points Awarded

GRE (Quantitative)

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  • 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.

Note: Students admitted to the Graduate School must pay a $250 admission fee to the School of Education Educator Preparation Program. This fee helps cover practicum supervision expenses. This fee is used to supplement program resources (i.e. Needed assessment materials) and practicum supervision expenses.

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.

Although the primary delivery format for the M.Ed. in Reading is online, when we have sufficient enrollments a face-to-face delivery format can be used to form on-campus cohorts.

Transfer of Credit/Experiences

In compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and in accordance with the policies of the UT Tyler Graduate School, transfer of graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution is limited to six (6) hours for the master’s degree. All transfer credit must have been completed with a grade of “B” or better, completed within the last seven years, and approved by the degree-granting program. Transfer credits should be evaluated and approved during the first semester. The course being transferred into a degree program should be a direct equivalent to the course within the certification/degree program. Students who have extended work experiences that cover the content of a course should work with their advisor and Director of the School to determine if those work experiences cover course content. Students should work with their advisor to have courses evaluated for transfer.

Financial Aid

Apply for one or more financial assistance options, including Teachers in Excellence Scholarships ($200 first graduate semester), graduate assistantships, and Stafford loans.


For Program Information:

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, Program Coordinator

For Admission Information:


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*Tuition subject to change.

For complaints about this certification educator preparation program, please follow the policy outlined in the Certification Program's Complaint Policy.

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