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Reading Specialist Progam (SMILA)

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:

  • 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
Admissions Requirements

As an advanced program, applicants to the Reading Specialist Program must have at least three years of teaching experience in the State of Tennessee and have obtained a graduate degree in the field of education before applying to the state of Tennessee for licensure.

***Please send all official transcripts to Graduate Education, 650 E Parkway South, Memphis TN 38104***

Course Requirements - 18 credit hours

 Code  Course   Credit
 Location/Time   Cost 
 READ 630   Foundations of Literacy  6  SMILA Summer Institute I   SMILA fees + $150/credit hour
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 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/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 II Test for Reading Specialist (5301). Students must pass the test before applying to the state of Tennessee for licensure.

Apply Now - SMILA / Reading Specialist Application

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Richard Potts at rpotts@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3020.