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Specialist in Education (EdS) in Teacher Education

Literacy Education Concentration

The total EdS program involves a minimum of four semesters of study with no fewer than 60 hours of graduate credit beyond the baccalaureate, including research/thesis hours. Education courses at the 400-level required for licensure are not eligible. At least 2/3 of semester hours accumulated in Masters and all of the last 30 hours of coursework must be in the 500- or 600-level courses.

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available to the specialist degree candidate. In the non-thesis option the candidate will study research methods and findings and will demonstrate skill in adapting them to professional needs. The EdS thesis must be approved by the student’s committee prior to submission to the Office of Graduate Student Services for final approval and acceptance. The student must register for thesis or problems in lieu of thesis hours during this time.

Students must pass a final examination that covers all coursework and demonstrates the candidate’s ability to integrate materials in the major and related fields. The examination will be scheduled according to the requirements of the graduate school.

If the student is not already certified as a reading specialist, the course of study may be designed to obtain the state of Tennessee PreK-12 Reading Specialist licensure by selecting courses required for licensure under both the Specialization and Related categories below:

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Catalog.

Detailed information about the Specialist in Education degree.

Faculty Advisor:
Elementary literacy education: Jennifer Jordan, clinical associate professor


Literacy specialist programs: Zoi Traga-Philippakos, assistant professor