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Master Reading Teacher Certification

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


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.

  • 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)

    Location: ESC Region 12

    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.


    2019 MRT Application

    Final MRT Summer 2019 schedule



    For additional information or to be put on an interest list, please fill out the form below.

  • 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 apply the practicum and observation components of the program as credit toward SRSU’s Master of Education Reading Specialist Degree program. Participants of the MRT program are also eligible to enroll in SRSU’s M.ED. Reading online at a reduced rate. 


    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 successfully complete the ESC Region 12 MRT certification will receive credit for the practicum and observation portion in lieu of completing the SRSU practicum.



    To find out more information, visit the Sul Ross website or contact Jennifer Miller-Ray, 432-837-8013,

Interested in Certification?

Reading Contact:
Denise Bell
(254) 297-1227

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