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East Tennessee State University

Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning, M.Ed.


RODP M.Ed. Advance Studies in Teaching and Learning

The major purpose of this degree is to improve the quality of teaching at the elementary level by broadening the background of teachers in the literacy as related to elementary teaching and preparing teachers as action researchers.

This online master's degree program is aligned with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) core propositions and includes coursework focused on pedagogical content proficiencies related to teaching Reading-Language Arts consistent with NBPTS principles and can lead to an NBPTS Certification in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.

This program is intended for licensed, practicing teachers and provides advanced practice in the area of reading and language arts for currently practicing teachers and is aligned with the 
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).



Program of Study

The coordinator of the program to which the prospective candidate has been admitted serves as the initial advisor. When students become eligible for candidacy, their advisory committees are selected by the student and approved by the program coordinator. Students who anticipate candidacy for a degree are strongly encouraged to take courses based on
guidelines provided by their advisor.

Students determining to complete the Master of Education degree in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning are required to meet with the chair of the advisory committee to plan the sequence of courses leading to the degree. They must successfully complete the required professional development courses.

A comprehensive oral final examination is required of all students completing graduate programs in advanced education. Presentation of the Professional Level of Teaching portfolio is a required part of the oral examination. Candidates meet with their advisor at the beginning of the final semester to plan for these examinations. Specific program requirements are indicated in the ETSU Graduate Catalog Entry for the Teaching and Learning, Advanced Studies TN eCampus, M.Ed. (Childhood Literacy Reading Concentration).


ETSU School of Graduate Studies Admissions 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 of $45 ($55 for international students).

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

Program Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to graduate programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction must first meet general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, the following specific admission criteria apply:

  1. A candidate who has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all work completed is eligible for admission.
  2. A candidate who has an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may be granted admission by either of the following two (2) procedures:
      1. Obtaining a minimum of 2400 points based on the following formula:
          1. *the sum of the GRE aptitude scores (V+Q+AW);
          2. GPA x 500; and
          3. The sum of numbers (1) and (2).
          4. If the applicant has taken the Revised GRE (after August 2011), concordant scores will be used in the admission formula.
      2. Participating in an interview with the appropriate admission committee. The candidate will be responsible for providing the admission committee with information for consideration in admission decisions. Factors to be considered include teaching experience; scores on standardized tests; GPA during the entire undergraduate experience, during the last two (2) years of undergraduate school, and in the major; performance in graduate courses taken; recommendations of supervisors and colleagues; quality of undergraduate school(s) attended; oral communication skills; and skill in writing, which will be determined in part by the candidate’s extemporaneous writing during the interview.

*Scores on the GRE-AW will be substituted for the Analytical (A) scores using a scaled transfer.


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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