M.Ed. School Leadership: Reading Specialist


The Reading Specialist concentration requires 36 graduate credits and is designed for teachers who seek to deepen their insights into the acquisition of literacy skills at all grade levels, acquire additional instructional and assessment strategies, and work with other teachers in the improvement of their professional competencies in the area of literacy. Completion of the program, along with three years successful teaching experience and a passing score on the required state exam will qualify a student for a Tennessee endorsement as a ‘Reading Specialist’.


  • A teaching certificate is required for admission as is evidence of current or past employment as a teacher.
  • The program can be completed in as few as 6 semesters and requires 36 graduate credits.
  • This is not a cohort based program. Admission will be considered for fall, spring, or summer terms, however, some courses are only offered once a year.
  • A practicum component and independent research project are required.


Required courses are as follows:

12 hours of professional core,
12 additional hours of professional education,
6 hours of school leadership, and
6 hours of electives


Professional Core Coursework: 12 credits

  • EDUC 5010: Methods of Educational Research (3)
  • EDUC 5080: Collaboration & Consultation (3)
  • EDUC 5150: Assessment and Learning (3)
  • EDUC 5900: Capstone (3)


Literacy Requirements: 12 credits

  • EDUC 5610: Literacy Instruction for Emergent Learners: Birth to First Grade (3)
  • EDUC 5620: Literacy Instruction for Elementary School Learners: Grades Two through Five (3)
  • EDUC 5630: Literacy Instruction for Middle/High School Learners (3)
  • EDUC 5640: Practicum in Literacy Instruction (3)