FAQ’s

Who can apply?

  • Any teacher can apply who has at least three years of teaching experience as a fully certified teacher.

What if I taught in a private school?

  •   Your 3 years teaching experience must have been with a Valid Teaching Certificate and recognized by the state as a valid teaching experience.

How does a teacher qualify as a Master Reading Teacher (MRT)?

  • There are two ways to qualify to be a MRT, depending upon the teacher’s current certification:
  • (1) If an educator holds a Reading Specialist certificate, then he/she must complete satisfactorily a MRT preparation program approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).  This person is not required to take the MRT certification exam.
  • (2) If an educator holds a valid Texas teaching certificate and has at least 3 years of teaching experience in Texas, then he/she must satisfactorily complete a MRT preparation program approved by SBEC and perform satisfactorily on the MRT certification examination prescribed by the board.

When is the MRT certification exam administered?

  • The MRT exam is taken after completion of the MRT preparation program.  Visit the SBEC Texas Educator Certification website at http://www.texes.ets.org for assessment dates.

When do I need to apply?

  • The application session is open through Sept 10, 2017.
  • Interested participants can access the online application form from the website.

Is there an application fee?

  • Yes, there is a $100 nonrefundable application fee required to establish eligibility for program entrance.

What is the cost for the year-long ESC Region 13 MRT Certification Training course?

  • Program Fee:  $3,070
  • Registration Fee—$500 by Sept 15, 2017
  • Internship payment—$2,570 by payroll duction Oct 2017—June 2018
     
  • TExMat Examination Fee—$131 to ETS
  • SBEC Certification Application Fee—$78 to add certification to Texas teaching certificate

Whom do I pay the $3,070?

  • Payment will be made to the Region 13 ESC
  • See dates and amounts above

Will anyone who applies be accepted?

  • Not everyone that applies will be accepted into the MRT certification program.  Letters of recommendation and the application process must be completed as requested.  Appropriate credentials will be checked.  Our goal is for every person who applies to successfully complete training.

Do those who are already Reading Specialist have to take the MRT TExES exam?

  • No. (If you have a current Reading Specialist Certification from the State of Texas, please provide verification.)

What are the duties of a MRT?

  • A MRT teaches reading and mentors fellow teachers for the amount of time and in the manner established by the school district, in conformance with the definitions set forth in the Commissioner’s Rules- Review the Necessary Personal Skills of an Educator document.

Can a district choose to address only certain grade levels with the MRT program?

  • Yes.  The identification of grade level and teacher is a local decision.

Can middle schools and high schools that do not have reading classes by that name still designate a MRT?

  • Yes.  Since reading at the middle school and high school levels may be taught as part of other subjects such as language arts, English as a second language, or bilingual classes, a district may designate the teacher of such a subject as the reading teacher who will be the MRT on that high-needs campus.  That teacher must have appropriate certification and perform the MRT duties as set forth in the Commissioner’s Rules.

Who will supervise my training?

  • The ESC Region 13 MRT Certification Program is a collaborative effort with several  ESC Region 13 specialists involved in the instruction. Debbie Leyva will be your MRT Certification Program Coordinator.

Is it OK for me to miss class?

  • All absences must be made up with similar content.  It is VERY important you do not miss class. 
  • All absences must be approved by the MRT Coordinator. 
  • You cannot have more than two absences.

Will ESC Region 13 find a job for me?

Are all classes held at Education Service Center Region 13?

  • Yes, classes are held at 5701 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78723

What if I have a concern about the program?

  • The Region 13 Educator Preparation Programs encourage stakeholders to discuss their concerns with appropriate program personnel who have the authority to address the concerns. Concerns should be expressed as soon as possible to allow early resolution. Informal resolution shall be encouraged. If this does not resolve your issue, please follow our formal complaint process.   EPP Complaint Process  and   EPP Complaint Form