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East Tennessee State University

Reading, M.Ed.


100% Online Master of Education Degree Program

ETSU Online Reading, M.Ed.

The 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.

This 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.

Program of Study

Reading, M.Ed. Program of Study

Most students who participate in our Reading M.Ed. 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.Ed. degree and the requirements outlined by the Tennessee Standards for Licensure as Reading Specialist, PreK-12.

The M.Ed. 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.

Course listings and course descriptions for this program can be found in the ETSU Graduate Catalog Entry for the Reading, M.Ed. Program.

Admission Requirements

ETSU School of Graduate Studies Admission Requirements

These standards and materials are required of all applicants regardless of program. Individual program requirements are additional to the following: 

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degrees from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis.

An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for domestic students, and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for international students. (Some programs may require a higher GPA.)

A completed graduate application form.

A personal essay of 150-300 words, detailing your interests in a graduate program at ETSU.

A non-refundable application fee.

One official transcript from every college or university where the applicant has taken courses.

Reading, M.Ed. Admissions Requirements

In addition to general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies, persons seeking admission to the Master of Education in Reading must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants who seek the Reading Specialist endorsement should also provide the following:

three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one from a principal or other individual who serves in a supervisory role)

a current résumé; and

a copy of current teaching license.

An oral or written interview may be requested by the program coordinator in specific cases.

Tuition Information

Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094



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