Announcement – Program Change:

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) Curriculum and lnstruction program (all options) is being phased out and will end on August 15, 2021. In its place, WTAMU will offer a Master of Education (M.Ed.) Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction degree program.

The new program will offer a non-certification route for individuals who are interested in earning the M.Ed. degree only or provide an opportunity for candidates to earn a TExES Principal certification if that is the route they choose. 

The new program will have five different emphasis areas:

  1. Curriculum and Instruction
  2. Literacy Education
  3. Special Education
  4. Early Childhood Education
  5. Content Area

Anyone in the current Curriculum and Instruction graduate program should work with their advisor towards finishing their current degree or transitioning to the new program.

Curriculum and Instruction - Reading Option, M.Ed.

(Major Code: 5455)

 Benefits of the ProgramProgram Application Requirements Checklist



Graduate Core Requirements: 9 hours


Course Number

Course Title


(3 hours)

EDPD 6303

Education Research

Choose ONE Course

(3 hours)

EDPD 6304

EDPD 6085

COUN 6330

Multicultural Education

International Studies

Cross-cultural Counseling

Choose ONE Course

(3 hours)

EDPD 6308

EDLD 6311

EDPD 6329

Service Learning

Educational Leadership & Group Dynamics

Human Development

Reading Course Requirements: 21-24 hours

  • EDRD 6332 - Content Area Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6340 - Theoretical Foundations of Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6341 - Diagnosis and Intervention (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6344 - Multicultural Language and Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6345 - Application of Structured Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6346 - Adolescent and Adult Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6348 - Organization and Administration of Reading Programs (3 hours)
  • *EDRD 6399 - Reading Specialist Practicum (3 hours) (For candidates seeking the Texas Reading Specialist Certification)

Electives: 3-6 hours

Choose 6000-level courses from outside the Reading area.

  • Candidates seeking the Texas Reading Specialist Certification will take three hours of electives and three credits during the Reading Specialist Practicum Course (*EDRD 6399)
  • Candidates seeking the master’s degree without certification will take six hours of elective credits

Elective Course Suggestions:

Course Number

Course Title

EDPD 6310

Instructional Strategies

EDPD 6015

WTAMU Route 66 Writing Project (1-6 hours)

Other approved electives (6000 level)

See advisor

Option: Competency-Based Student Credit Hours:

Up to six competency-based credit hours may be accepted from an accredited International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) program. The IMSLEC courses will be accepted for the following courses:

  • EDRD 6341 - Diagnosis and Intervention (3 hours)
  • EDRD 6345 - Application of Structured Literacy (3 hours)

To confirm evidence of learning, a candidate seeking competency-based credit must provide the following documentation:

  • Certificate of completion from an International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) accredited training course
  • Documentation of passing the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education certification exam at the Therapy Level administered by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)

All requests for competency-based credit must be approved through a Department of Education Competency Credit Faculty Review committee.

Comprehensive Examination:

Passing a comprehensive examination is required for completion of the M.Ed. in Reading.  All graduate reading candidates must pass a comprehensive examination during or after their last semester of taking courses. Only two attempts are allowed to pass this comprehensive exam.

Reading Specialist Certification:

Candidates seeking a Texas Reading Specialist Certification must hold a valid Texas teaching certificate and will need to submit an official TEA certificate showing areas of certification and a service record of teaching experience (request this from your school district's HR department). Candidates will be assessed a site supervision fee of $400 plus mileage (i.e., the total miles a supervisor must travel to supervise a candidate). Candidates graduate with a M.Ed. degree upon completion of all degree requirements; however, a state test is required for reading specialist certification.

Out of State Licensure/Certification:

"Requirements for licensure/certification vary from state to state. Our programs prepare students for certification and /or licensure in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare students for licensure or certification in other states." 


English Language Proficiency Requirement:

An applicant for certification in Texas must be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching. English language proficiency shall be evidenced by one of the following:
(A) completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States; or
(B) verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing; (TOEFL scores must not be older than 2 years from date of application) or
(C) if an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in TAC 230.11
Consult WTAMU’s university policy on language proficiency:

Criminal History Information for Prospective Candidates:

A criminal background check including fingerprinting will be performed by the Texas Education Agency before a candidate will be allowed to certify or gain employment on a non-teacher certificate. TAC 227.1(b)(1)(2).
Items on a candidate’s criminal history report may render the candidate ineligible for certification. 
Candidates may request a preliminary TEA background check for an evaluation of the criminal history. Please note that applicants may request a preliminary TEA background check for an opinion of charge prior to starting a program

All applicants with any prior or current criminal charges are encouraged to discuss their specific background with the Director of Educator Preparation Programs before enrolling in any academic program that includes a certification route.

Transfer Credit Policy

The Curriculum and Instruction (Reading Specialist) Program allows candidates to transfer up to 12 SCH from a previously completed master’s program depending on the discipline and the grade earned for each course. Please contact Dr. Betty Coneway ( to discuss any questions about transfer credits.


Dr. Betty Coneway
Team Lead of Undergraduate Programs/Chairperson for Graduate Reading Program and Associate Professor of Education
Location: OLD MAIN 438