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Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education

237 Gooch Hall

537 University Street

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7128


(731) 881-7975


Deborah J. Gibson

Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education

Teacher reading to young students

The Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education is available for those students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and who are professionally licensed to teach.


Literacy is at the forefront of many educational reforms and is certainly a “hot topic” according to the International Literacy Association. Teaching literacy in Tennessee is a statewide initiative and educators at all levels across the state feel the pressure to perform. The Master of Science in Education with a Literacy Concentration is designed to provide candidates with an in-depth analysis of foundational literacy skills, disciplinary literacy strategies, writing, assessment, diagnosis, and interventions. Our program seeks to prepare candidates to become effective literacy teachers, specialists, and leaders in the field of literacy in an effort to support student learning and maximize student performance.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% Online
  • NO GRE Required
  • Complete the program in as little as 12 months.
  • 7 week courses
  • 30 credit hours
  • Transfer Credits accepted



30 hours


Full or part time




3-6 Semesters


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Semester of Entry

Fall or Spring



Potential Occupations

  • Reading Coach
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Intervention Specialist
  • Reading Instructor



Program of Study

LIBS 755 Children and Adolescent Literature - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 680 Strategies for Differentiation in the Inclusive Classroom - 3 Credit Hours

EDFN 720 Multicultural Issues in Education and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

EDST 750 Teaching with Technology - 3 Credit Hours

EDEV 761 Educational Tests and Measurement - 3 Credit Hours

READ 700 Foundations of Literacy Development - 3 Credit Hours

READ 710 Assessment, Diagnosis & Interventions in the Reading Classroom - 3 Credit Hours

READ 740 Literacy Practicum - 3 Credit Hours

READ 720 Research-based Practices for Differentiated Literacy Instruction - 3 Credit Hours

READ 730 Literacy as a Neurologic Process - 3 Credit Hours


Total Minimum hours required for M.S. Degree - 30

Why UTM?

We greatly value our relationships with our students and it is our goal to foster a sense of community between our students, faculty, and community partners. This begins with the first contact between advisor and student. Your advisor is the person who will work with you to understand all of the requirements of the program, help you develop your plan of study, answer questions about registration, and guide you toward your career goal. This is an important relationship that we hope will make you feel more comfortable in our program as well as provide you with information. The advisor- student connection is vital in your personal and professional development. As faculty members, we enjoy this time we spend getting to know and mentor you. Our hope is that you continue to feel a part of our program even after you graduate, keeping us up to date on your personal and professional milestones.


To further promote our sense of community we have established a Facebook group page for current students and alumni. When you are accepted into the program you will be sent an invitation via email to join our Facebook group and we hope you will accept. On this site we post news about the program, important information about the profession of counseling, and share updates about students and alumni. We hope those of you still on Facebook will accept our invitation!




Educational Graduate Spotlight: Katie Brewer

Katie Brewer


Katie Brewer, special education teacher at Martin Primary School, returned to the University of Tennessee at Martin when she decided to pursue a Master of Science in Education. “I chose the UT Martin education program because I loved the environment in my undergraduate courses,” she said. “I simply could not leave (UT Martin) for another school or program.”


Brewer, who hopes to become a reading specialist, chose to focus in literacy education. “I not only wanted to become a better educator for my students, but I also wanted to provide more intensive reading instruction to all students,” she said.


Brewer says the program is helpful because it makes you think outside the box. “I am consistently challenged to think more creatively and critically. UT Martin has always exposed students to schools with a practicum-based program,” she said. “The interactions with other teachers, administrators and school staff gained from the practicum courses helped me to become a more well-rounded educator.”


Brewer plans to graduate in December.

Admission Requirements

GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

$40 Application Fee

Reading Specialist K-12 Endorsement Option

For additional information on the Reading Specialist K-12 Endorsement Option, click here


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Contact Us

Our office is available to provide more information on the program, admission requirements, student life, and anything else you’re wondering about.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Joyce Swan

Dr. Joyce Swan

Literacy Faculty Coordinator


(731) 646-1636


Deborah J. Gibson

Deborah J. Gibson

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator


(731) 881-7128




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