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Stephen F. Austin State University

Master Reading Teacher (MRT)

Master Reading Teacher FAQs

What is a Master Reading Teacher?
A Master Reading Teacher is an individual who holds a Master Reading Teacher Certificate and whose primary duties are to teach reading and to serve as a reading mentor to other teachers (House Bill 2307).
What is the purpose of implementing the Master Reading Teacher Certification?
It is being implemented as part of the Texas Reading Initiative to ensure that all Texas students are reading on grade level by the end of the third grade and that their reading knowledge and skills grow throughout their public school careers.
Who is eligible to be a Master Reading Teacher?

An individual who holds the Reading Specialist Certificate is eligible for Master Reading Teacher certification upon completion of a SBEC approved Master Reading Teacher preparation program.

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An individual who holds a valid teaching certificate and has at least three years of teaching experience may complete a SBEC approved Master Reading Teacher preparation program and pass the TExES Reading Specialist Test and obtain a Texas Reading Specialist certificate, or pass the MRT Test. All MRT candidates must also complete an approved MRT preparation program.

How will SFA offer the Master Reading Teacher Certification Program?
SFASU is prepared to provide the Master Reading Teacher Certification Program during the Summer Semesters. Two courses will be offered in Summer Semester I and two courses in Summer Semester II. All courses are offered online.
What are the required courses?

The four (3 semester hour) graduate courses are performance-based courses as follows:

  • RDG 501 Early Literacy of Young Children
  • RDG 502 Upper Level Literacy
  • RDG 503 Reading Assessment
  • RDG 504 Reading Professional
Are any of the courses offered as Distance Learning?
Yes, all four (4) courses are offered as internet courses. RDG 501 and RDG 502 are offered Summer Semester I; RDG 503 and RDG 504 Summer Semester II.
Is the Master Reading Teacher Certificate program a master's degree program?
No, but the MRT courses offered by SFASU can be applied toward a Master's degree program in Elementary Education, Professional Reading Specialist, or Early Childhood.
What do I have to do before registering for the MRT courses?
  1. Apply for admission to graduate school.
  2. Contact Dr. Welsh, welshka@sfasu.edu, for advisement and certificate plan.

Steps for Registering for Courses on the Master Reading Teacher Certificate Plan

What do I have to do before registering for courses?

  1. Apply for admission to graduate school and the Reading Specialist program. Admission to the Master of Education: Professional Reading Specialist program requires a valid permanent teacher's certificate or at least 18 semester hours of approved courses in education.
  2. Complete and submit an Advanced Educator Certification Tracking form to Dr. Welsh. A $100 application fee will be charged to your MySFA account.
  3. Contact Dr. Kimberly Welsh for advisement and certificate plan.
  4. Register for courses specific to your MRT certification plan.