Reading, MS

College of Education and Human Development

reading masters student

Reading, MS (36 hours)

The Master's in Reading allows 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. The program adheres to the International Literacy Association's Standards for Literacy Professionals.

To accommodate the working professional, the Master's in Reading is an online degree program. 

The Master of Science in Reading prepares graduates to:

  • Have a deep knowledge of the reading and literacy processes
  • Use theory, research, and current best practices to ensure and enhance their students’ learning
  • Conduct research to analyze and evaluate potential changes to reading curriculum and practice


Requirements: 3.0 GPA last 60 hours, TAMU-CC spring or summer 2020 graduate from a bachelor’s program, completed application. Fall application fee will be paid through an application scholarship as long as funds last. If requirements are met, applicants should be notified within three business days after the complete Apply Texas application is received. Transcripts for TAMUCC graduates are on file – applicant does not need to submit. Apply via Apply Texas Application.

Domestic & International Students:

Fall  Fall mid-term Spring  Spring mid-term Summer I  Summer II 
August 22 October 11 January 11 March 14 May 22 June 25

Application deadlines are one week prior to the start of each of the six course cycle dates: Spring, mid-term Spring, Summer I, summer II, Fall, and mid-term Fall.

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes information about their reasons for pursuing graduate study and for choosing this specific graduate program)

Applicants seeking Reading Certification must also submit:

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

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 Reading Specialist Certificate and/ or Master Reading Teacher Certificate should consult with appropriate Reading faculty.

1. Foundation Course (3 semester hours)

  • EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 sem. hrs.

2. Reading Requirements (24 semester hours)

  • READ 5345 - Stages and Standards for Reading Development 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5350 - Multicultural Literacy 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5371 - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5392 - Psycho-sociolinguistics and Reading 3 sem. hrs.
  • **  READ 5395 - Leadership and Literacy 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5697 - Reading Practicum 6 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5396 - Literacy Research Seminar 3 sem. hrs.

3. Prescribed Electives (9 semester hours)

  • READ 5381 - Exploring the Literature of Children and Adolescents 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5310 - Emergent Literacy 3 sem. hrs.
  • *  READ 5369 - Content Area Reading 3 sem. hrs.
  • **  READ 5372 - Classroom Assessment and instruction 3 sem. hrs.

*Required for Reading Specialist

**Required for Master Reading Teacher

Capstone Experience

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

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Master's in Reading Program Handbook (pdf)

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Corinne Valadez

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5818
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5818
Office : 361-825-3336