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Reading Specialist Program

In conjunction with the Simultaneous Multi-Sensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA) Summer Institute, CBU is proud to offer an Additional Endorsement Program for the Reading Specialist PreK-12 license.

This 18-hour licensure program will prepare the Reading Specialist to:

Admissions Requirements

As an advanced program, applicants to the Reading Specialist Program must already hold an apprentice or professional teaching license in the state of Tennessee and must be seeking or already hold a graduate degree.

Course Requirements - 18 credit hours

Code Course Credit Hours Location/Time Cost
READ 630 Foundations of Literacy 6 SMILA Summer Institute I SMILA fees + $150 per credit hour transcription fees
READ 633 Reading Assessment Strategies  3 CBU, January-March (1st 8 week term) CBU tuition + Technology Fee
READ 634 The Reading/Writing Connection 3 CBU, March-May(2nd 8 week term) CBU tuition + Technology Fee
READ 631 Integration of Literacy 6 SMILA Summer Institute II SMILA fees + $150 per credit hour transcription fees

SMILA Summer Institutes cannot be taken simultaneously (i.e., only one may be taken each summer). Take a look at SMILA's website for more information on meeting dates and SMILA fees.

Testing Requirement

After completing the required coursework, students in the Reading Specialist Program should complete the Praxis test for Reading Specialist (20300). Students must pass the test before applying to the state of Tennessee for licensure.

Other Requirements for Licensure

Students must have at least three years of teaching experience and have obtained a graduate degree in Education before applying to the state of Tennessee for licensure.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ric Potts, rpotts@cbu.edu or (901) 321-302

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