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Welcome to the Reading Education Program at Peabody College!

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Our graduate reading program is housed in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development, and is designed for licensed teachers seeking a focused study of literacy theory, research, and instruction appropriate to grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. Our students complete a common core of foundation courses in the areas of humanistic dimensions of education, behavioral studies, teaching strategies and curriculum, or assessment and research tools. With careful selection of courses in the foundation and elective areas, graduate students in this program can acquire additional endorsement(s): Specialist in Reading or Specialist in Education of English Language Learners. Upon graduation, students are prepared to return to the classroom as skilled literacy teachers, literacy coaches, department chairs, and deans of instruction.

One of the greatest strengths of our program is the varied, multiple field experiences available for our students. Through partnerships with several area public schools, students are able to gain experience in teaching and assessing P-12 students and collaborating with and supporting teachers, paraprofessionals, and other colleagues.  In addition to these experiences, our students also have the exciting opportunity to engage with teachers and students in New Orleans and Memphis schools through on-site trips where they will aid teachers in literacy diagnostics, small-group instruction, and professional development opportunities.

Whether it is the groundbreaking literacy research that is being conducted by our professors or the unparalleled experiential fieldwork opportunities that we provide, we welcome you to learn about all that we offer you as a prospective student.  Please feel free to reach out with questions about the program.

Emily Pendergrass, Vanderbilt, Reading Education, Reading Specialist


Emily Pendergrass, Ph.D.
Program Director, Reading Specialist Program
Department of Teaching & Learning 

Information Sheet about Reading Education (M.Ed.)

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