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Graduate Certificate in Bilingual Reading Specialist

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Bilingual Reading Specialist certificate is a 15-semester-credit-hour graduate certificate program for those who wish to become bilingual reading specialists as well as for educators who wish to obtain increased knowledge of reading instruction and literacy development in bilingual contexts.

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 Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet certificate program regulations.
 Application A completed Graduate School application, unless currently enrolled as a degree-seeking graduate student.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 Letters of Recommendation Not required.
 Statement of Purpose Not required.
 Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Eric Uriegas

Email: eric.uriegas@utsa.edu

Telephone: (210) 458-6619

Graduate Advisor of Record: Howard Smith, Ph.D.

Email Address: howard.smith@utsa.edu

Telephone: (210) 458-5574

Degree Websitehttp://coehd.utsa.edu/prospective_students/graduate_certification_programs/

Degree Catalog Link: http://catalog.utsa.edu/graduate/educationhumandevelopment/biculturalbilingualstudies/

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.