This is a practicum-based degree that requires 36 hours of both coursework and clinical experiences. We are a strongly practicum-based program, mentoring teachers who come to our home base in Charlottesville and also teachers who study with us through our outreach program.
Prerequisites and Admission Requirements
Undergraduate degree, completion of the on-line admissions material, including competitive GRE scores (Competitive GRE scores are listed below for the old vs. new exam). A goals statement will stand as a writing example. If your scores do not meet criteria, we recommend you retake GREs before submitting your application. We will use your highest scores when making admission decisions.
MEd applicants—Verbal GRE: at or above 450 (old scoring)/150 (new scoring); Quantitative GRE: 530 (old scoring)/145 (new scoring); 4.0 (analytical writing).
Application Due Date
On-Grounds admission: October 15 (for spring admission), February 1 (for summer or fall admission).
All other locations: October 15 (for spring admission), February 1 (for summer admission), June 1 (for fall admission).
36 hours, 30 of which are prescribed by the state for the K-12 reading specialist endorsement. Twenty-four (24) hours are in the reading area; 9 hours are in cognate areas, and 3 hours are clinical practice or elective. Students must also take and pass the Reading for Virginia Educators exam (RVE) to graduate from the program.
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.
Completing the Commonwealth of Virginia's K12 Reading Specialist Endorsement process:
Upon completion of the program and after three years of successful teaching during which time the teaching of reading is a major responsibility, a graduate can apply for the reading specialist endorsement to be added to his/her teaching license. This process can begin as soon as the words "degree conferred" appear on the unofficial transcript. Once that wording appears, please email Joanne McNergney (firstname.lastname@example.org), providing: (1) last 4 digits of your SSN, (2) birthdate, (3) your name as it should appear 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.
No university funding available; students may apply for federal financial aid. There is also the possibility of grant-assigned work for full-time on-Grounds students.
Typical Length of Study
Three semesters full-time on-Grounds (12 hours each semester); part-time study also available.
The Masters degree in reading is a 36-hour program, approved by the state of Virginia. Upon completion of the program 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 K-12 reading specialist endorsement to be added to his/her teaching license.
Reading Core (24 hours)
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
EDIS 5740 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 2
EDIS 7730 Practicum in Reading Diagnosis
EDIS 7740 Remedial Practicum
EDIS 7751 Literacy, Leadership and Coaching OR EDIS 7750 Effective Reading Programs
Cognates (9 hours)
EDIS 7310 Children’s Literature; or EDIS 5410 Adolescent Literature
EDLF 7200 Child Growth and Development; or EDLF 7160 Human Growth and Development
EDIS 5430 Teaching Composition; EDIS 5500 Teaching Writing K-6; EDIS 5435 Writing Across the Curriculum
Elective (3 hours) One elective course may be chosen from a related education area with your advisor’s approval.
Sample Jobs After Graduation
Classroom teaching, reading specialist, Title I, interventionist, and coaching positions. Many graduates become supervisors in districts’ central offices.