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Reading Specialist Certification Legislation Changes in Texas

The elimination of a teacher certification in Texas paves the way for interested educators to earn a reading specialist certification, like the one currently offered by Concordia University Texas.

As of Sept. 1, 2019, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) will no longer issue or renew the MRT (master teacher in reading) certification. Likewise, educators holding an MRT certification will not be able to renew it.

Officials at Concordia University Texas stress that the reading specialist program is an able replacement for the cancelled certification. “The Reading Specialist certification is not going away, and is an approved certification to teach Reading in EC-12, like the MRT,” explains Alison Chai, Certification and Compliance Officer in the College of Education at Concordia University Texas. “Since the MRT will no longer be available, anyone who wants to get a reading certification above and beyond the teacher certification level, will only have the reading specialist certification as an option.”

Educators looking to teach Reading in Texas can reference the assignment chart provided by the Texas Education Agency for what certification they may need. Concordia University Texas provides an MED Advanced Literacy with Reading Specialist Certification for those educators preparing for literacy careers in early childhood, elementary, middle school or high school levels.