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Master Reading Teacher

Master Reading Teacher Certification

MRTLooking to be a literacy leader? The ESC Region 12 MRT Program can help prepare you!


Applications for 2019 are now open. The deadline is April 26, 2019.


The Master Reading Teacher Certification Program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of teachers of reading from grades K-12. Participants will focus on a deep understanding of the principles of reading instruction, best practices to support all students and methods for serving as a literacy leader at the campus.

The Master Reading Teacher Certification Program is a yearlong exploration on how to understand the process of learning to read, implement best practices for reading instruction, including support for students with specific reading needs, and how to help colleagues in doing the same.


To be eligible to apply for the program, you will need a minimum of: 3+ years of teaching, a Bachelor's Degree (or higher) with a 2.5+ GPA, letters of recommendation and a complete application. A committee will then review your application.


Denise Bell
(254) 297-1227



ESC Region 12

2101 W. Loop 340

Waco, TX 76702

To complete the program, candidates will need to:

  • complete 200 hours of coursework which includes face to face classes, complete outside readings and online components.
  • fulfill a yearlong practicum process of 160 hours designed to help the MRT candidate integrate what they've learned into their work with the support of a mentor and field supervisor.
  • be observed through virtual coaching three times during the year and receive feedback from their field supervisor.


Attendance is required for all 16 face to face days in the summer.


Once a candidate has completed the program, they can be approved to take the certification exam.

Current Cost: $2,100 (includes textbooks) -- A payment plan option is available. Contact us for more details.


ESC Region 12

2101 W. Loop 340

Waco, TX 76702

Attendance is required for all 16 face to face days in the summer.

2019 Application and Schedule

We are currently beginning to take applications for our 2019-2020 which begins in June. Download the application below and be sure to submit when you have all the items needed.

ESC Region 12 is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Sul Ross State University (SRSU), offering students participating in our Master Reading Teacher (MRT) certification program the opportunity to work towards a Reading Specialist Master's degree and certification through SRSU’s Master of Education Reading Specialist Degree program. Participants of the ESC 12 MRT program are also eligible to enroll in SRSU’s M.ED. Reading program in ways which save time and money!


The Master of Education Reading Specialist Degree program at Sul Ross is offered completely online, accommodating the schedules of working professionals and eliminating commute times for educators within Region 12. The program addresses reading instruction, the implementation of reading instruction, reading assessment, and language acquisition. 


Students who complete the ESC 12 MRT program and are admitted to the Sul Ross Reading Specialist program will receive a discount of $300 per course. They will also receive credit for the practicum and observation portion in lieu of completing the SRSU practicum (Class: ED7312).


To find out more information, visit the Sul Ross website or contact Jennifer Miller-Ray, 432-837-8013,
  • ESC Region 12 MRT participants receive a discount of $300 per course, providing access to a M.Ed. for around $8,100. This amounts to a savings of nearly $4,000!


    Cost for M.Ed. Program

    Cost per 3 credit hour courses: $1,200

    Total 3 credit hour courses required: 9

    Cost of SRSU practicum (Class: ED7312): $1,200



    Total Program Cost: $12,000

    Cost with Region 12 Discount

    Cost per 3 credit hour courses: $900

    Total 3 credit hour courses required: 9

    3 credit hour practicum substituted with MRT practicum and observation



    Total Program Cost: $8,100

  • Are you already registered for, or have you previously completed, the Master Reading Teacher Program through ESC Region 12?



    Yes - Contact Jennifer Miller-Ray, (, 432-837-8013) directly to begin the Sul Ross Application and ensure you receive the discounted rate and custom curriculum.



    No - Apply now! Or contact Denise Bell (, 254-297-1227) with any questions.

  • ESC Region 12 MRT participants will be exempt from the practicum requirement associated with the program and will work with their advisor to register for 27 hours of coursework outlined below:



    READING COMPONENT (6 Required Courses, 3 Hours Each)

    • ED 5308 Foundations of Reading
    • ED 6311 Emergent Literacy and Language Development
    • ED 6313 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
    • ED 6314 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
    • ED 6317 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs
    • ED 6318 Literacy through Literature


    PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT (3 Courses, 3 Hours Each)

    • ED 5307 Graduate Research
    • ED 5316 Diversity in Public Education
    • ED 6308 Advanced Human Growth and Development 
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