The Master of Arts in Reading Education degree program does not involve initial teaching licensure, but many of our degree candidates also wish to become eligible for the Tennessee Reading Specialist, PreK-12 Endorsement They can do so by taking a specific set of guided electives, selected so that their degree program will qualify them for the endorsement. This set of electives, combined with the required courses will supply the candidates with the knowledge and skills stipulated by the Tennessee Licensure Standards for Reading Specialist, PreK-12Almost all students who participate in our degree program are practicing licensed teachers, and individuals who apply for specialist licensure must have at least three years successful classroom experience as such. The three years experience as a licensed teacher do not have to be completed when a person enters the degree program, but it must be completed before the candidate applies for the specialist endorsement.
Other individuals, with at least three years experience as licensed teachers, who document graduate work through which they have acquired the knowledge and skills stipulated by the Tennessee Licensure Standards for Reading Specialist, PreK-12, may request a recommendation for licensure from the ETSU Clemmer College.
Reading Course Sequence