Master Reading Teacher Certification in Texas

Jul 02, 2020

In Texas, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has created an opportunity for teachers of certain subjects to become masters of their subject. If you want to learn how to become a master reading teacher, this article will explain each step.

Requirements for Texas Master Reading Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2019)* $37,030 (Preschool)
$55,340 (Kindergarten)
$56,280 (Elementary School)
$56,290 (Middle School)
$58,000 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree, Master Reading EPP
Required Field Reading, Literacy, English
Testing Requirements Master Reading Teacher

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Become a Certified Teacher

There are particular requirements to become a master reading teacher. The first step is to become a teacher. To do this, you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree. The degree can be in English, literacy, or reading. Reading teachers or reading specialists want to be sure to find a program that is heavy with literacy instruction, grammar, and other writing and reading topics. You will then need to complete an education preparation program (EPP) if your bachelor degree program did not include the necessary education courses and student teaching internships.

The first exam that all prospective teachers must take is the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities CE-12. You will then need to take the TExES exam that best works for the grade level of your certification. Options include:

  • Core Subjects EC-6
  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading 7-12
  • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4-8

Some teachers may opt to pursue Texas' reading specialist certification, which requires earning a master's degree, having two years teaching experience, completing the related EPP, and passing the TExES Reading Specialist assessment.

Finally, the FBI and TEA will both run a background check on you after you have submitted your fingerprints.

Step 2: Gain Experience

To be a master teacher, you'll need experience teaching in an English or reading classroom. To be eligible for the master reading teacher certification, you will need to spend at least three years teaching in a public or private school.

Teachers who hold a reading specialist certification have already fulfilled the teaching experience requirement and can proceed directly to the master reading teacher EPP.

Step 3: Complete an EPP

Many universities have certificate programs that focus on the master teacher program of your choice. For master reading teachers, you'll take a graduate-level reading program. You can complete a master's degree, but typically, a reading certificate will meet all requirements for the state. These programs are typically 15+ hours and include courses that will hone your teaching and assessment of reading students who have difficulties with literacy. You may also focus on new literacy methods, as well spend time in reading classrooms with students.

Step 4: Complete the Exam

The TExMaT Master Reading Teacher exam has 90 multiple-choice questions and a case study to be completed. You'll have five hours to finish all five categories. Those categories are:

  1. Foundations of reading and instruction (part I)
  2. Foundations of reading and instruction (part II)
  3. Principles of instructional design, delivery, and assessment
  4. Reading instruction and assessment for students with diverse needs/backgrounds
  5. Roles of the master reading teacher

Texas Master Reading Teacher Certification Resources

Preparing for exams can be quite difficult if you have not recently looked over the material. The resources below will give you access to study guides to ready you for your certification exams.

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