Aug 08, 2020  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reading, MS

Program Description

The Master of Science degree in Reading has been designed for the student to earn a master’s degree with the option of applying coursework to two additional certifications: Reading Specialist and/or Master Reading Teacher. In order to receive additional certificates, the students must also successfully complete the TexES or the Master Reading Teacher test as required by the state and have two years of teaching experience. Students also have the option of choosing a cognate area of study in lieu of the certification options. Additionally, students who have not completed a graduate or undergraduate course in children’s literature within the past three years must take READ 5381 .

Graduates of the Master of Science in Reading should be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to work with students of differing abilities in literacy.
  • describe the major components in a comprehensive reading program, and
  • conduct and present a project relevant to their professional needs.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to pursue graduate-level course work in Reading if they meet COE graduate admission requirements as specified in the COE’s Graduate Policies and Regulations  section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

The requirements for the Reading master’s degree are 36 semester credit hours, including 24 semester hours in Reading and an additional 3-credit research course. The additional 9 semester hours needed to complete the Reading master’s degree depend on the choices a student makes regarding certification (i.e., Reading Specialist and/or Master Reading Teacher). The student choosing to receive a master’s degree in Reading with a cognate in another area of specialization should consult with appropriate department chairs for requirements of 9 semester hours. The student choosing to receive a Reading Specialist Certificate and/ or Master Reading Teacher Certificate should consult with appropriate Reading faculty.

1. Foundation Course (3 semester hours)

9 hours of Electives can be taken from #3 or #4


*Required for Reading Specialist

**Required for Master Reading Teacher

4. Cognate in One of the Following Areas of Specialization (9 semester hours)

  • Bilingual Education – Consult the Advisor
  • Early Childhood Education – Consult the Advisor
  • Curriculum and Instruction – Consult the Advisor
  • English – Consult the English Advisor

Capstone Experience

All students will engage in a capstone experience within READ 5396 - Literacy Research Seminar .

For Additional Information


Campus Address:

Early Childhood Development Center, Room 242B; Phone (361) 825-3368

Mailing Address:

Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction, Unit 5834
College of Education
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5834