Reading MEd Degree

Graduate Admissions


The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Education
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone 903.566.7133

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

Program Information

Degree: MED 100% Online

Hours: 30

College: Education and Psychology

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Cost: Approximately $7,690 for Texas residents based on the 2019-2020 academic year

Scholarships/Financial Support:  Yes

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.

Certification: Must hold a Texas teacher certificate (any field). Submit Texas 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 (effective Fall 2020)

Interview: Yes

Must pay admission fee for entry into Educator Preparation program.

Deadlines: Spring - Jan. 3; Summer - May 20; Fall - Aug. 15.  Admission decisions are made on Jan. 10 (Spring), May 27 (Summer), and Aug. 22 (Fall).

Admission is determined based on undergraduate GPA and, if necessary, satisfactory scores on the GRE in combination with the undergraduate GPA, successful admissions interview, and the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study.

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.

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 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, former student

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

Meet a graduate student of The University of Texas at Tyler.

Advance Your Expertise as a Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist

100% Online

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 in as little as 18 months.
  • 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.

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.

Work with highly 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), Associate Professor, Literacy Education
  • Dr. Gina Doepker, (Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2007), Associate Professor of Literacy Education
  • Dr. Annamary Consalvo, (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2011), Assistant Professor of 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)

Plan of Study






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



READ 5306

Literacy Assessment Practicum


READ 5307

Literacy Instruction Practicum



EDUC 5301

Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences


READ 5305

Teaching Disciplinary Literacy to Adolescents



READ 5308

Action Research for Literacy Educators


READ 5309

Foundations of Literacy Coaching


How to Apply

  • Complete an application at
  • Submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions (if GPA of last 60 hours is less than 3.25).
  • Complete admissions interview with the coordinator of admissions to online graduate programs.

Requirements for Admission

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Texas Teacher Certification (any field).
  • GPA (Last 60 Hrs.) > 3.25 OR GPA (Last 60 Hrs.) x 100 + GRE (Old Score Format) > 1100.
  • To convert GRE scores from the new score format to the old, refer to this chart.

Financial Aid

Apply for one or more financial assistance options, including Teachers in Excellence Scholarships (up to $300 per semester), graduate assistantships and Stafford loans.

Additional Information

For additional information on admission to graduate programs in the field of education, contact:


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

Dr. Gina Doepker, Program Coordinator