Mostly Online Reading, M.A.


ETSU Online Reading, M.A.

Reading Education
Mostly Online Master of Arts

Reading, M.A. Program Overview

The mostly online graduate program in reading education is designed to provide the necessary educational experiences for persons who are either preparing to or are already involved in working toward enhancing the reading, writing, and oral language competencies of children and adults. Candidates are prepared to assume leadership roles in reading education by serving as special reading teachers, clinicians, diagnosticians, program coordinators, reading specialists, and reading supervisors.

The graduate program meets standards of excellence for reading programs of the International Reading Association. Graduate program faculty and candidates work extensively in area schools to provide active practicum experiences.

All course work for this program is offered in an Online format with a limited number of on-campus meetings required over the course of the program.

Who the Reading, M.A. program is for

Most students who participate in our Reading M.A. program are practicing licensed teachers, and those aspiring to specialist licensure must have at least three (3) years successful classroom experience as such. Graduate students, working toward qualification as licensed reading specialists in Tennessee, will be advised to take a specific set of courses that fulfills both the East Tennessee State University requirements for the Reading M.A. degree and the requirements outlined by the Tennessee Standards for Licensure as Reading Specialist, PreK-12.

The M.A. in Reading Education is not an initial licensure program. Persons seeking an initial endorsement to teach in Tennessee should enter one of the initial licensure programs.


Each applicant for admission to a master’s degree program must have earned a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate academic discipline from a regionally accredited college or university before the application will be considered. Each applicant for admission must meet all general university requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and departmental criteria as published elsewhere.

Your Reading, M.A. Program

  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits)
  • READ 5190 - Linguistics of Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5241 - Practicum (1-3 credits)
  • READ 5027 - Diagnostic and Remedial Procedures in Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5120 - Teaching Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5170 - Materials for Reading and Language Arts (3 credits)
  • READ 5210 - Psychology of Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5231 - Advanced Diagnostic Procedures (3 credits)
  • Guided Electives (12 credits)

Total Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours

Source: ETSU 2015-2016 Graduate Catalog
Reading, M.A. (Reading Education Concentration)


2015-16 ETSU graduate base tuition plus online fees*:

  • $554 per credit hour for in-state students
  • $706 per credit hour for eRate for out-of-state students

*Tuition cost reflected here includes 2015-2016 base tuition and online fees only and does not include RODP courses and programs. Some courses and programs may have additional fees. More information can be found on the University Tuition and Fee Information and the Incidental Fee Information pages.

Students meeting the requirements for Border County residency qualify for in-state tuition rates. 

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