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Bilingual Reading Specialist (CERT)

Why Pursue a 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.

Bilingual Reading Specialist + Other Disciplines = Master's Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies

Earn a Master's Degree

Are you ready to take your career and academic journey to the next level? Combine this program with another eligible certificate to earn a master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies! Take advantage of the opportunity to customize your degree to align with your professional and educational goals.

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.

For international students, please note that student visas are not issued at UTSA for non-degree-seeking students, including certificate programs. For more information, visit our international students admission page.

Bilingual Reading Specialist (CERT)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an 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
  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
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application 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)
Timing on Admission Decision: Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Summer 2024 April 1 May 1
Fall 2024 June 1 August 1
Spring 2025 October 1 December 1
Summer 2025 March 1 May 1

Funding Opportunities


Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

  • 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

Jorge Solis, PhD


Student Development Specialist

Jay Wells