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Master Reading Teacher Certificate (MRT)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certificate

Format: Online

Program Description:

The MRT is a 12-credit, four course program that can be taken as part of the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree plan or separately.

New legislation passed in 1999 (House Bill 2307) required the creation of the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certificate as part of the Texas Reading Initiative. The purpose of the certificate is 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.

Students must have a Texas teaching certificate, at least three years of teaching experience, complete the Master Reading Teacher preparation program, and pass the Master Reading Teacher certification exam.


Courses may be taken in any sequence. Each course is three credits.

All courses are offered by UT Arlington.

  • *LIST 5316 Literacy Practicum I (80-hours of field experience) Must be taken in the first fall or spring semester of enrollment
  • LIST 5350 Literacy Assessment
  • LIST 5353 Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • LIST 5361 Language Learning: Educational Perspectives

12 total credits
*Practicum does not denote a full time experience. The Literacy Practicum involves 80-hours of field work which can be completed in your own classroom if you are a full time/part time teacher of record. If you are not currently teaching, you can find a participating school for field work, and we will provide documentation to the school/district that verifies your enrollment in our program and the requirements for field experience.

Teachers who successfully complete the MRT program and teach on a "high needs" campus designated by the Commissioner of Education may be eligible for a $5,000 stipend. For more information, and for an alphabetical list by district name of "high needs" campuses, visit the Texas Education Agency website.


UT Arlington

Kathleen Tice, PhD
Program Coordinator
(817) 272-5167

Certificate Awarded: Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certification


SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 12

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $397 in-state; $827 out-of-state USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Large City

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