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What is a master reading teacher?

A Master Reading Teacher in Texas is an educator who holds a Master Reading Teacher Certificate. The primary duties of this educator include teaching reading in the classroom and serving as a reading mentor to other teachers within a school's literacy education program. Teachers who enjoy both working with students and helping develop other teachers might consider pursuing a certificate to become a Master Reading Teacher as a step toward their career goals.

Requirements to become a Master Reading Teacher

A Master Reading Teacher in Texas must meet certain criteria to obtain certification in one of two ways. First, an individual who already holds a Reading Specialist Certificate may complete a Master Reading Teacher Program that is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). Many universities and regional education service centers offer approved programs that include classes in literacy education along with a literacy practicum conducted in the classroom setting. These programs are usually offered as either a stand-alone certification only program or as an add-on to programs like a Master of Education in Curriculum  and Instruction with an Emphasis in Literacy Studies.

The second way to obtain a Master Reading Teacher Certificate is for those who do not already have a Reading Specialist Certificate. These individuals must have at least three years of classroom teaching experience and complete a SBEC-approved Master Reading Teacher preparation program described above. In addition, these individuals must pass the Master Reading Teacher certification exam. This exam is designed to assess an educator's knowledge of the prerequisite content and his or her professional knowledge of how to perform the duties required by the state. The exam includes multiple-choice questions and a case study assignment in literacy education.

Role of a Master Reading Teacher

A Master Reading Teacher may work in literacy education at the elementary, intermediate or high-school level. This type of teacher should have an understanding of reading throughout all developmental stages. A Master Reading Teacher may be involved in conducting reading assessments throughout the school year and should be able to use the results of these assessments to design a school's reading program. The teacher should incorporate a knowledge of the state's content requirements and performance standards into the school's reading instruction in a way that addresses the learning needs of all students. These learning needs may include the reading difficulties of second-language learners and primary-language readers with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

Teachers across all levels are tasked with helping their students read on grade level. Literacy education is essential to ensure that all students have the reading knowledge and skills necessary to grow throughout their elementary- and secondary-school careers. Master Reading Teachers fulfill a vital role in teaching reading to students and mentoring other educators to teach reading.

Learn more about UTA’s online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Literacy Studies program.


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