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Reading Education

Reading Education is a concentration in the Teacher Education major within the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. The Reading Education faculty offers two professional graduate degrees in Reading Education, the Masters and the Education Specialist, and a state and NCATE approved course of study leading to licensure as a Pre—K Reading Specialist. In addition, the Reading Education faculty offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education with a Literacy Studies concentration and Reading Education specialization.

The MS and EdS degrees and licensure programs follow the International Reading Association guidelines for advanced professional preparation for educators who wish to develop expertise in literacy instruction PreK-12, with particular emphasis on evidence-based teaching of students with diverse backgrounds and levels of achievement. By emphasizing scholarship, practice, and school-based collaborations, the Reading Education degree programs prepare exemplary professionals, well positioned to provide leadership in reading at local and state levels. Both the Masters and Specialist programs are flexible so that teachers who wish to obtain licensure in the state of Tennessee as a Pre-K–12 Reading Specialist (PDF) are able to do so. Upon successful completion of requisite courses within the degree programs, PRAXIS assessment, and three years of teaching experience (which may include the internship year), educators are eligible to apply for licensure as a PreK-12 Reading Specialist in Tennessee.

Doctoral students may specialize in Reading Education within the Literacy Studies concentration. The PhD program is interdisciplinary and based on students’ career goals and interests. Typically, the PhD prepares educators for university teaching, research, and service within the national and international literacy field.

The University of Tennessee Reading Center is home to faculty and students who are affiliated with Reading Education. Faculty and graduate student offices are located within the vicinity of the Reading Center and it houses a Children’s Choices and Reading Center Library of trade books, assessments and instructional materials.