Literacy Studies

Literacy Studies

Literacy Studies Specialization in either Early or Late Literacy

Literacy is foundational for all learning, and children deserve teachers who are experts in maximizing literacy outcomes across all grade levels and abilities. Our Literacy Studies Specializations offer students an opportunity to advance their knowledge of literacy content, evidence-based strategies and assessment. Throughout the program, students will learn about the current research and then apply their learning in structured practicum experiences as they earn their degree.

Students may choose to complete either an Early (grades EC-4) or Late (grades 3-12) Literacy focus. Each specialization has four required courses:

Early Literacy Specialization (12 hours):

  • EDU 6364 Early Literacy Acquisition I
  • EDU 6367 Early Literacy Acquisition II
  • EDU 6323 Literacy Assessment
  • EDU 6368 Evaluating and Teaching Writing

Late Literacy Specialization (12 hours):

  • EDU 6363 Late Literacy Acquisition
  • EDU 6366 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • EDU 6323 Literacy Assessment
  • EDU 6368 Evaluating and Teaching Writing

Scholarship Opportunity

Are you presently a general education, early reading teacher (K-2) in a high need public school? Visit Early Literacy Scholars Program to learn about the program and the scholarship.


Reading Specialist Preparation Program

The Reading Specialist Preparation Program is available to certified teachers who want to add to their credentials by pursuing the Reading Specialist Certification. To obtain this certification in the State of Texas, candidates must:

  • Complete the required coursework from an approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP);
  • Hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  • Have at least two years of classroom teaching experience in public or an accredited private school;
  • Successfully pass the TExES #151 Reading Specialist Exam.

This program of Literacy Study in the Simmons School is a stand-alone certification preparation program requiring 24 hours of coursework; however, students, who do not yet have their Master of Education degree, may also participate in the preparation program as they are working on their degree. An additional 12 hours of Core coursework would be required for a total of 36 hours. Courses include:

Reading Specialist Preparation Program only (24 hours)

  • EDU 6364 Early Literacy Acquisition I
  • EDU 6367 Early Literacy Acquisition II
  • EDU 6363 Late Literacy Acquisition
  • EDU 6366 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • EDU 6323 Literacy Assessment
  • EDU 6368 Evaluating and Teaching Writing
  • EDU 6311 Literacy Leadership and Consultation
  • Choose one:
  • EDU 6320 Language Teaching, Research, Theory and Practice
    EDU 6330 Foundations of Dyslexia

Completion of M.Ed. (total of 36 hours)

  • EDU 6304 Educational Research
  • EDU 6315 Diverse Learners
  • EDU 6322 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 6384 Teach and Learn with Technology

Once all coursework has been successfully completed, the Reading Specialist candidate will be formally recommended to take the TExES #151 Reading Specialist Exam.

NOTE: Upon passing the Reading Specialist Exam, individuals may also apply for the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certificate without taking additional coursework or exams. The MRT, however, requires that candidates have at least three years of teaching experience before applying.