Reading MEd Degree

Graduate Admissions


School of Education Graduate Admissions
Phone 903.566.7361

Degree Information
Dr. Gina Doepker
Phone: 903.566.6206

Graduate Admission Information
The University of Texas at Tyler
Office of Graduate Admissions
Office: STE 345
Phone: 903.566.7457
Fax: 903.566.7492

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Program Information

Delivery Method: 100% online

Tracks: Master's Degree in Reading with a Reading Specialist Certificate and UT Tyler Literacy Coaching Certificate (36 Credit Hours). A stand-alone Reading Specialist Certificate option is also available. Requires two years of classroom teaching experience, a standard teaching certificate, a master's degree, completion of required coursework, and state examination.

Hours: 36

Time to Degree: Can be completed in 2 years

College: Education and Psychology

Cost: Approximately $9,468 for Texas residents based on the 2022-2023 academic year

Scholarships/Financial Support Available:  Yes, apply for one or more financial assistance options, including Teachers in Excellence Scholarships (up to $300 per semester), graduate assistantships and Stafford loans.

Application Instructions

Admission Requirements

Test Score Required*: If required, send official scores (obtained within the past five years) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. For consideration for admission to the program, the applicant must either have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or a GPA (last 60 hours) of 3.25 or higher, or submit GRE score that equals or exceeds 158 verbal and 162 quantitative.

Certification: If a Texas resident, must hold a Texas teacher certificate (any field) and submit Texas teaching service record and any other documents required by Texas governing units. If a Texas non-resident or international student, must hold a teacher certification (any field) and submit teaching service record and any other documents required by Texas governing units.

Letters of Recommendation: No

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: No

Admissions Essay: Yes - submit a written goal statement and initial philosophy of literacy statement

Interview: Yes

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.

Applicants seeking the Reading Specialist certification-only, must also hold a master's degree from an accredited institution.

Deadlines:  Graduate School Calendar

In accordance with Texas Administrative Code, all applicants must be fully admitted prior to taking any coursework in the area in which they are seeking certification. Therefore, no provisional admission is allowed.

Reading MEd Milestone Agreement

Career Outlook: 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. 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.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

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For additional information on the content of the Reading program, contact:

Dr. Gina Doepker, Program Coordinator