Teacher Education and Higher Education

Add-on Licensure in Reading

The mission of the Literacy Education Program is to prepare teacher leaders who advocate for and seek to integrate theory, research, and practice; engage in reflection, research, and professional collaborations; and offer culturally relevant, learner-centered opportunities for every student to develop the literacy skills needed in the 21st century.

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Program Contact

 Dr. Gay Ivey
485 School of Education Building


All you need to know about the application process – click here to get started.

Successful completion of this program culminates in a license, not a degree.

Example Careers:

K-12 Reading Specialist, K-12 Classroom Teacher, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Facilitator, District Coordinator for Language Arts

Designed For

This program is designed for professionals who have already completed a master’s program in education or who are currently enrolled in a master’s program and would like additional licensure as a reading specialist in grades K-12.

Career Opportunities

The primary goal of the program is to prepare initially licensed teachers for “M” licensure as a K-12 Reading Specialist. Not only are teachers prepared to implement innovative research-based teaching strategies in their own classroom settings, but they are also expected to promote those practices among colleagues, administrators, and the community as a teacher leader. Other careers may include working as a literacy coach, curriculum facilitator, or district coordinator for Language Arts.

Research Interests

Research interests include socio-cultural and critical context of literacy teaching; integrating technology and literacy instruction; and culturally-sustaining literacy pedagogy.

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Program of Study

Total hours: 18

  • TED 614 Word Study
  • TED 615 Literacy in the Early Years
  • TED 616 Literacy Development and Instruction Across the Grades
  • TED 617a Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instruction
  • TED 640 Writing Instruction Across the Grades
  • TED 695 Youth Literacies

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Apply to the UNC Greensboro Graduate School and be accepted to the Reading Add-on Licensure Program
  • A Master’s degree in Education or a related field
  • Two years of teaching experience

Additional Information

The following tenets are central to our vision of teaching and research:

  • We hold teachers in the highest esteem and believe they are central to the process of teaching and learning.
  • We promote teachers’ identities as leaders, advocates, and innovators in their school communities.
  • We work from a strengths-based perspective as a way of promoting teacher and student success.
  • We celebrate the diversity of our community and promote a multilingual and multicultural approach to our teaching.
  • We think it is important for teachers to have opportunities to collaborate with faculty through research and professional development.

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the K-12 Reading Education program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at tehe@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.