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Masters of Reading

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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  1. What is the difference between the Masters in Reading and the Reading Specialist endorsement?Answer
  2. If I don't have 3 years of teaching experience, can I seek the Reading Specialist endorsement?Answer
  3. What can I do with a Masters of Education in Reading degree?

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  4. What is a cohort?

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  5. How long is the program?Answer
  6. Does this program require something similar to student teaching?Answer
  7. If I don't have my teaching license, does this program offer a teaching license?Answer
  8. Is the program online?Answer
  9. How much does the program cost?Answer
  10. Are scholarships available?Answer
  11. Are Graduate Assistantships or Tuition Scholar positions available?Answer

What is the difference between the Masters in Reading and the Reading Specialist endorsement?
All candidates who graduate from our program receive a Masters in Education in Reading. Most, but not all candidates, also seek the Reading Specialist endorsement. The primary difference is that those who seek the Reading Specialist endorsement are required to complete a specific set of courses during their 36 hour program of study. Individuals who seek the Masters in Reading without the Reading Specialist endorsement have the opportunity to choose the thesis option or the course work option, and to choose electives in their program of study. 

If I don't have 3 years of teaching experience, can I seek the Reading Specialist endorsement?

If you do not have three years of teaching experience you can take the coursework that leads to the Reading Specialist endorsement, but the state will not award a Reading Specialist endorsement without: 

  1. Successful completion of state approved coursework
  2. Successful completion of the Reading Specialist Praxis
  3. Documented three years of teaching experience

There are individuals who begin the program without three years of teaching experience. If they complete the program before they have three years of teaching experience, they simply apply for the endorsement once they achieve the three years of experience. However, if the program requirements change between the time they graduate and the time they apply for endorsement, these individuals would be required to complete the additional course requirements stipulated at the time they apply for the endorsement. 


What can I do with a Masters of Education in Reading degree?

Degree candidates are prepared to assume leadership roles in Reading Education by serving as:

  • Reading Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Interventionists
  • Clinicians
  • Diagnosticians
  • Reading Tutors
  • Program Coordinators
  • Reading Supervisors

What is a cohort?

Our program is a cohort based program, which means that everyone in your entering class goes through the entire program as a unit. Being in a cohort gives you the opportunity to grow with your peers and develop a unique bond and support system that goes past graduation. 


How long is the program?
Most of our candidates are working professionals who enroll part-time (6 hours per semester). Individuals who enroll part-time complete the degree in six consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer). There are individuals who are full-time (9 hours) and if a full-time candidate takes summer courses, they are able to complete the degree in three consecutive semesters. 

Does this program require something similar to student teaching?
Candidates in the Masters of Reading do not complete a dedicated student teaching experience. However, candidates do complete practicum courses. These courses require candidates to complete 150 hours of various experiences. This is equivalent to 10 hours per week for a 15 week semester. These hours are completed by performing tasks during the school day and after school hours. These experiences are documented through program assessments, many of which require candidates to videotape their experiences (i.e. parent workshops, coaching experiences, etc.). If candidates are not practicing teachers, the program coordinator will work with school systems in your area to place you in a classroom where you may complete the practicum experiences. 

If I don't have my teaching license, does this program offer a teaching license?

The Masters in Reading does not offer initial licensure. There have been individuals who intend to work for non-profit agencies or who intend to work with adult literacy programs who complete this degree. Their intent is not to teach children. Therefore, these individuals who do not plan to teach children do not need an initial license. 

If you seek an initial license to teach and you have a bachelor's degree, you should contact the MAT-TEML program. If you do not hold a bachelor's degree and wish to become a teacher, you should schedule an appointment with a CCOE advisor: Joel Tramel or Murray Andrews


Is the program online?
The program is mostly online. We require candidates to come to campus on three Saturdays during their program. These times are scheduled at the convenience of those in the course and well in advance so that preparations can be made. 

How much does the program cost?
Tuition costs differ for various colleges. It is best to consult the ETSU Bursar's page concerning the costs of tuition and fees.

Are scholarships available?
The Clemmer College of Education (CCOE) offers scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. For information about the criteria for the various scholarships, consult the CCOE link for scholarships

Are Graduate Assistantships or Tuition Scholar positions available?

A limited number of graduate assistantships (GA) are available for Fall and Spring terms. Individuals who plan to attend graduate school full-time (9 hours per semester) are eligible for GA positions. GA's receive a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and are expected to work for 20 hours per week. 

Tuition scholarships are available to first semester, full-time students (9 hours) in the Fall and Spring terms. Tuition scholars (TS) provide 8 hours of weekly service and receive a tuition waiver. However, the student is responsible for student fees. 

If you accept a position as a Tuition Scholar, you have the opportunity to move to a GA position if there is an opening. However, if you accept a GA position, you may not transfer to a TS position. 

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship or a tuition scholarship, please contact the program coordinator. 


 

 

 

 

 

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