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Graduate Certificate in Bilingual Reading Specialist

The Bilingual Reading Specialist certificate at UTSA was designed for students who are passionate about literacy and helping others learn to read and succeed, both in and out of the classroom. Through this certificate program, students will gain the tools needed to help address literacy education needs in the San Antonio community and beyond.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Bilingual Reading Specialist (CERT)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 562 TOEFL Paper / 84 TOEFL Internet / 7 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
Apply for Spring/Summer 2023 Apply for Fall 2023 or Spring/Summer 2024

Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Bilingual Reading Specialist (CERT)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
International June 1 November 1 April 1
Domestic August 1 December 1 May 1

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

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)

Graduate Advisor of Record

Howard Smith, PhD

210-458-5574

howard.smith@utsa.edu