Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Bilingual Reading Specialist

Basic Degree Information/Description:

The Bilingual Reading Specialist Certificate offers specialized training for those who possess a valid teaching license and wish to become better prepared to provide appropriate reading instruction to students in bilingual programs in public schools. The possession of the BRS Certificate would demonstrate increased knowledge of reading instruction and literacy development in bilingual contexts.

Why pursue an Certificate in Bilingual Reading Specialist?

There is a high demand for people with the linguistic and pedagogic training to support the literacy development of bilingual children in Texas public schools.  Although the state allows for alternative modes and other certifications, UTSA continues to produce the largest number of bilingually certified teachers in the area.  The addition of the Bilingual Reading Specialist allows UTSA to remain at the forefront of teacher preparation and leadership in biliteracy.

Program Options:

The BRS Certificate program consists of 15 credit hours (five graduate courses).

Courses that are part of the certificate program include the following:

  • Socio-cultural Issues & Teaching of Reading (BBL 5173)
  • Second Language Reading and Writing (ESL 5033)
  • Bi-literacy in Bilingual Classrooms (BBL 5063)
  • Assessment in BBL and Second Language Studies (BBL 5053)
  • Multicultural Literature for Children (BBL 5193)

Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Specific Degree Requirements: See Catalog

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

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Application Deadline Dates                 

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- August 1

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Mallory Banks
Email Address: Mallory.Banks@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-6619

Contact the Graduate School: Contact now for more information.

Degree Website: http://coehd.utsa.edu/prospective_students/graduate_certification_programs/

Degree Catalog Link: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COEHD/bbldept.html#gcbrs

Funding Opportunities:

All students interested in financial aid should fill out the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance). The link to this site is: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ Students may also be interested in Graduate Assistantship positions available within the College. Typically, these assistantships are 19 hours per week.


Scholarships are also available to Graduate Students. Attached are links to scholarship databases:

Students who are pursuing a certificate as special graduate students will not be eligible for financial aid.

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • Courses are offered in the evenings (6 PM to 8:45 PM) to fit the schedules of working professionals.
  • Daytime courses are available in the summer.
  •  This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.