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Specialist in Education (EdS) in Teacher Education

Literacy Education Concentration

Literacy is a core value embedded in societies and relates to academic performance, professional career and citizenship. At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) we support educators who strive to make a difference in their learners’ lives and future careers. Thus, we work with educators and administrators to enhance their understanding on how reading and writing develop, and on ways to support learners from the initial stages of reading, spelling, writing, and thinking acquisition to later stages of critical thinking through technology, writing, while promoting self-regulation, motivation, and a growth mindset.

The Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in Teacher Education, Literacy Education Concentration, prepares students for both formal and informal leadership roles in elementary schools. This degree is designed for those students who already possess a master’s degree in education.

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EdS in Teacher Education, Literacy Education Concentration Credit Hours
Required Courses (Core Area) 6
Must include one course from two of the following areas: adult learning, assessment, cultural studies, educational technology, ESL, instructional pedagogy; or Special Education
Concentration: Literacy Education courses
REED 529– Literacy Assessment & Instruction with Emergent Learners (Pre-K-2) 3
REED 537 – Literacy Assessment & Instruction with Elementary Learners (3-5) 3
REED 540 – Literacy Assessment & Instruction with Adolescent Learners (6-12) 3
REED 605 – Seminar in Literacy Development and Differences: Understanding and Overcoming Barriers 3
SPED 516 – Effective Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities and Other Academic Disabilities 3
For Thesis Option:
TPTE 518  – Educational Specialist Research and Thesis 6
For Non-Thesis Option:
TPTE 503 – Problems in Lieu of Thesis 6
For Both Options:
  • Education courses at the 400-level required for licensure are not eligible.
  • At least 2/3 of the semester credit hours accumulated in the master’s.
  • All of the last 30 credit hours of coursework must be in 500- or 600-level courses.

Zoi Traga-Philippakos, associate professor and team lead

Pamela Bazis, assistant professor

Sherry Mee Bell, professor and CEHHS Director of Literacy Initiatives

Stergios Botzakis, professor

Samantha Cooper, clinical assistant professor

Miranda Davis, lecturer

Deborah Reed, professor, senior literacy scholar and Director of the Tennessee Reading Research Center

Students completing the EdS in Teacher Education, Literacy Education Concentration have two options:

Thesis Option: The EdS thesis must be approved by the student’s committee prior to submission to the Graduate School for final approval and acceptance. The student must register for thesis credit hours (TPTE 518) during this time.

Project Option: The EdS project must be approved by the student’s committee.

If you have questions about the program or the course of study, please contact:

Zoi Traga-Philippakos, associate professor and instructional team lead