READING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION - University of Houston
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Reading Specialist Certification

The University of Houston College of Education can help you become a certified reading specialist through our M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction program. Select the emphasis in reading, language arts and literacy. This program is offered online only.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

ATTENTION: Fall 2019 Advanced Certification graduates and Spring 2020 Advanced Certification soon-to-be graduates

Please read this important memo about certification changes in light of COVID-19.

Requirements

After being admitted into the University of Houston, you also must be admitted into the College of Education’s reading specialist certification program. This is a state requirement for all educator-prep programs. Students should look for more information from the College after being accepted to UH.

Basic requirements include:

  • Having a GPA of 2.5 or higher (based on last degree earned)
  • Holding a valid Texas teacher certification
  • Having at minimum a bachelor’s degree

UH typically has a high admission rate for those who meet the state requirements.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Once formally admitted in the certification program, you must complete the following:

  • 200+ clock hours of content and pedagogy (5+ courses)
    • For the master's degree, additional courses will be required.
  • 160+ practicum hours
  • 135+ observation minutes by a UH field supervisor

CERTIFICATION

To earn certification, you must:

  • Successfully complete all coursework.
  • Complete all required practicum hours and observations.
  • Complete the degree program.
  • Have two years of classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school.
  • Hold at minimum a master’s degree.
  • Pass the state TExES certification exam.

 

Contact Us

General certification questions

Lauren Topek
Certification officer
Director of accreditation and accountability
UH College of Education
713-743-2485
uhcert@central.uh.edu

Program certification questions

Nancy Reis
Lecturer
UH College of Education
713-743-9829
nreis@uh.edu