Reading Specialist Program

In conjunction with the Simultaneous Multi-Sensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA) Summer Institute, become a licensed reading specialist and help students, parents, and teachers develop and improve lifetime reading skills in their students.
Program Type: LICENSURE
Department: Education

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

  • Provide reading services at all grade levels 
  • Provide information reading instruction and assessment to classroom teachers, special educators, other professionals, and parents 
  • Diagnose and evaluate the reading strengths and needs of students 
  • Provide leadership in developing the literacy program and curriculum 
  • Implement a simultaneous multi-sensory approach to teaching language arts 

Reading Specialist Program Requirements 

Reading Specialist Program Courses 

  • Foundations of Literacy
  • Reading Assessment Strategies 
  • The Reading/Writing Connection 
  • Integration of Literacy

Reading Specialist Licensure Requirements 

  • Successfully complete the required courses.
  • Pass the Praxis II test for Reading Specialist. 
  • Complete the application for licensure and request all transcripts which show the above courses and your graduate degree. 
View Reading Specialist Course Requirements

Admission Requirements 

  1. You should already hold an Apprentice or Professional (not Transitional) Tennessee Teaching License. We offer Reading Specialist as an add-on endorsement. 
  2. You should hold a graduate degree. If you do not, please learn more about our graduate education degrees. The Reading Specialist endorsement can be obtained simultaneously with a graduate degree. Contact Dr. Melinda M. Goedecke at or (901) 321-4350 for more information. 

How to Apply 

  1. Complete the Reading Specialist Application.
  2. Complete the CBU Application 
  3. Request official transcripts from all colleges or universities you’ve attended. 

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