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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction—Reading Education

Earn your degree from a top ranked institution offering the best education available, through an online or face-to-face format, on a full time or part-time basis – all at a lower than average online tuition rate.

The Master's Degree in C&I - Reading Education is designed for reading practitioners to strengthen their knowledge, instructional skills, and abilities for effective teaching of reading, the development of reading programs, and literacy coaching at the elementary and secondary school levels. This program also prepares individuals for literacy work in community colleges, industry, adult education programs, commercial education centers and private practice.

Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • The ability to instruct through the use of reading and literacy strategies for student achievement and integrate research and theory in practice.
  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.
  • The ability to assess and adapt curriculum for diverse learners including second language learners.

This master's degree is offered either full-time or part-time in Charlottesville. Students can also pursue the master's degree online (30 hours without state endorsement requirements or hybrid (combination online and face-to-face that includes state endorsement requirements) in Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, and Richmond. ***

The academic master's degree in reading education is a 30-hour program and is available completely online.  The online degree does not hold the requirements for Virginia's K12 reading specialist endorsement.  Our online degree maintains the University and McGuffey Reading Center’s historically strong commitment to clinical training.  Students who come to our home base in Charlottesville as residential students as well as those who study with us online and through outreach centers are all mentored by Curry reading faculty. 

Learn more about the unique benefits of our Reading program in Charlottesville.

***  Teachers in Virginia who wish to add the Commonwealth of Virginia's K12 reading specialist endorsement to their teaching license must take an additional 6 credit hours in one of our summer reading clinics, offered at three sites in the state (Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads) and in Charlottesville.  Clinical courses may be taken before graduation or after; there is a five-year limit on completion of the added clinical courses. Clinical enrollment must be approved by the clinical instructor in advance of course registration.

Reading teachers are in high demand in schools nationwide and that demand is expected to grow. Increase your long-term career opportunities and salary with a masters degree in reading.  

Program Life


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Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Any student who wishes to apply for a degree must hold an undergraduate degree, submit an online application with transcript, at least two letters of recommendation, a current statement of professional goals (1-2 pages), and at least one of the options listed below. It is possible to apply up to 6 graduate credits toward a degree with advisor approval but coursework must be no older than five years at degree completion. All other University of Virginia course work must be earned after admission to the degree program. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for admission to, and completion of, the master's degree. They are also responsible for contacting their advisor upon admission.

TOEFL or IELTS scores (required only for international students) must be no more than two years old.  Expected scores include paper-based TOEFL (600), computer-based TOEFL (250), IELTS (7.0), IBT TOEFL (at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening, for a total of 90).

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must meet Curry targets for admission—450/150 verbal, 530/145 math, 4.0 writing.

Alternative GRE Procedures - Prospective students may be admitted by submitting GRE scores or by using one of the alternative procedures described below:

  • Submit evidence of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification; or
  • Take two of the degree’s required reading courses as a non-degree student prior to application, passing both with a B+ or better; courses are EDIS 7700 Foundations of Reading Instruction and EDIS 7720 Word Study: Language Structures and Phonics. 

All alternative applicants will also submit a writing sample within the application that will be scored via rubric for writing expectations. Writing Sample Instructions

The average undergrad GPA, GRE and RVE scores from students who graduated during the 2013-14 academic year were as follows: Undergrad GPA- 3.8; Verbal GRE- 570 (old scoring), 155 (new scoring); Quantitative GRE- 588 (old scoring), 149 (new scoring); Analytic score- 4.4; RVE- 188.

Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official test scores (taken within 5 years) and official transcripts showing degree conferral are required prior to matriculation.

Application Due Date

ALL application materials, including test scores, transcripts, and recommendations, must be received by the deadlines below in order for an application to be considered complete.

Students applying to study in Charlottesville:
-Fall entry: February 1 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.
-Spring entry: October 15
-Summer entry: February 1

All other locations including online: 
-Fall entry: June 1
-Spring entry: October 15
-Summer entry: February 1

Degree Requirements

Prerequisite: undergraduate degree

The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in reading consists of 30 graduate hours of coursework (10 courses).  Eighteen (18) hours are in the reading area; 9 hours are in cognate areas; there is one elective.  Students will complete the degree by taking the Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist assessment exam.   Please check the RVE website for dates of the test administration. The score report must be submitted WITH the graduation application.  Note: it takes approximately 15 days for the score to be reported.


An additional 6 hours are required for those who wish to obtain a Virginia K12 reading specialist endorsement.

Completing the Commonwealth of Virginia's K12 Reading Specialist Endorsement process:

Upon completion of the academic degree (30 credits) and clinical courses (6 credits) and after three years of successful teaching (during which time the teaching of reading is a major responsibility), a graduate can apply for the state's K12 reading specialist endorsement to be added to his/her teaching license. Once these requirements are satisfied, please email Associate Dean Catherine Brighton (, providing: (1) last 4 digits of your SSN, (2) birthdate, (3) your name as it appears on your license, and (4) your current address. The form will be completed and mailed to the applicant's home address, so that an official transcript and payment can be sent to the VA Dept. of Education. An official transcript is available through the Office of the Registrar.

Funding Opportunities

Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage.

Typical Length of Study

Three semesters full-time on-Grounds; part-time study usually takes 2-3 years.

Full or Part Time:

Full-time or part-time study are available in Charlottesville; part-time study is available in Northern Virginia/Falls Church, Richmond, and Hampton Roads/Newport News. The academic degree (30 hours) is available online.

Course Overview

All courses below for the Master's degree are offered online and face-to-face except for the two clinical courses EDIS 7730 and EDIS 7740. These courses are face-to-face only.

Reading Core (six courses)

  • EDIS 7700 Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • EDIS 7710 Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDIS 7720 Word Study: Language Structures and Phonics
  • EDIS 5730 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 1 (fall semester)
  • EDIS 5740 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 2 (spring semester)
  • EDIS 7751 Literacy, Leadership and Coaching 

Cognates (three courses)

  • EDIS 7310 Children’s Literature OR EDIS 5410 Young Adult Literature
  • EDLF 5010 Child Learning and Development OR EDLF 7160/5160 Lifespan Development OR EDLF 5011 Adolescent Development
  • EDIS 5435 Writing Across the Curriculum

Elective (one course)

EDIS 5270 Reading and Writing for English Language Learners; EDIS 5750 DIfferentiated Reading Instruction; EDIS 5760 Adolescent Literacy; EDIS 5411 Reading Tutoring (Charlottesville only)

Endorsement (two clinical courses)

The following two clinical courses are not part of the academic master's degree but are required to obtain the Commonwealth of VA's K12 Reading Specialist Endorsement only. These courses are available in Charlottesville, Falls Church and Richmond during the summer. 

EDIS 7730 Practicum in Reading Diagnosis 
EDIS 7740 Remedial Practicum

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Classroom teaching, reading specialist, Title I, interventionist, and coaching positions. Many graduates become supervisors in districts’ central offices.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at

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