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Master of Science in Teacher Education

Educational Studies Concentration, Literacy Education Specialization

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 MS in Teacher Education, Educational Studies Concentration, Literacy Education Specialization is for licensed teachers who are interested in advancing their knowledge about elementary education or are preparing to teach on the post-secondary level. It does not lead to teacher licensure. It is possible to incorporate coursework leading to completion of an appropriate graduate certificate program (i.e., Literacy Specialist) into the degree.

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MS in Teacher Education, Educational Studies Concentration, Literacy Education Specialization Credit Hours
Required Courses
TPTE 517 – Trends and Issues in Education 3
ETEC 586 or ETEC 587 (or other approved technology course) 3
Approved Research course

Suggested: EDPY 505, EDPY 506, EDPY 550, EDPY 577, EDPY 583)

3
Concentration: Literacy Education courses 12 minimum
Additional Course Requirements
For Thesis Option:
TPTE 500

Related Studies

6

6

For Course only with Examination Option:
Related Studies 12
For Both Options

Two-thirds of total credit hours for MS degree must be 500-level or above

Zoi Traga-Philippakos, associate professor and instructional team lead

Angelique Aitken, research assistant professor

Pamela Bazis, assistant professor

Sherry Mee Bell, professor and CEHHS Director of Literacy Initiatives

Stergios Botzakis, professor

Candidates may elect to complete the MS degree in Teacher Education, Educational Studies Concentration with a Thesis or a Non-Thesis option. The requirements for these options are:

Thesis: Minimum 33 semester hours of coursework (2/3 at 500-level or above), and satisfactory completion of written thesis and oral defense of thesis;

Non-Thesis: Minimum of 33 semester hours of coursework (2/3 at 500-level or above), and satisfactory completion of written comprehensive examination

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

Zoi Traga-Philippakos, associate professor and instructional team lead

Email: zphilipp@utk.edu