Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading Education


The educational specialist degree program is designed to help educators who already hold a master of education degree go further in the field of education. It does not lead to Virginia's reading specialist endorsement. Taken full-time in Charlottesville, this program can be completed in just one year. It can also be pursued online as a part-time offering.

Teachers today work in a variety of settings including K-12 schools, school divisions, adult education, commercial educational ventures and community centers. In all settings, professionals may be responsible for designing and integrating curricular programs that reflect research-based practices. The Education Specialist degree allows teachers with a master of education degree to build their own expertise in curriculum design with a focus on literacy development. In light of current government legislation, it is imperative for curriculum leaders to be in a strong position to facilitate students' literacy needs across the curriculum.

Following completion of the Ed.S. program, candidates will have acquired the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of refined research-based teaching strategies and skills to improve literacy instruction
  • Integrate the best practices of reading into the entire curriculum
  • Evaluate current practices in education and explore strategies to improve learning outcomes
  • Create positive social change by providing literacy leadership at the school, community and division levels
  • Explore real-world challenges in education and develop scholarly methods to create positive social change

The Curry School Ed.S. degree in reading is a 30 hour (27 hours of course work, 3 hours of thesis) post-master's graduate degree designed for the professional educator. Advisors meet with students to design a course of study that includes core and elective courses that complement professional goals. The degree may be taken full- or part-time in Charlottesville, part-time only online. A thesis is required for completion.

Program Details


  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Any student who wishes to apply for this degree must submit an online application, required test scores, at least two letters of recommendation, a complete transcript, and a current statement of professional goals (1-2 pages). It is possible to apply up to 6 graduate credits toward a certificate or degree. The student’s advisor must approve such credit. Coursework must be no older than 5 years at degree completion. All other University of Virginia course work must be earned after admission to the degree. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for admission to, and completion of, the EdS degree.  It is the student's responsibility to contact his/her advisor for planning.

    Applicants for the Ed.S. degree must hold an M.Ed degree in a relevant area.

    GRE scores are expected to meet or exceed the Curry School's minimum standards listed below for the old vs. new GRE exam.  If scores do not meet criteria, we recommend you retake GREs before submitting your application. The admissions committee will use the highest scores when making admission decisions. 

    EdS applicants—Verbal GRE: at or above 150; Quantitative GRE: 145; 4.0 (analytical writing).

    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: 
    -Fall entry: June 1
    -Spring entry: October 15
    -Summer entry: February 1

    Applicants will be assigned an advisor when their application has been approved.

  • Degree Requirements

    The Education Specialist degree is a 30-hours post-master’s degree.  The EdS in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Reading Education requires 27 hours of course work and 3 hours for thesis beginning fall 2015.  Advisors meet with students to design a course of study that includes reading and elective courses that complement professional goals.  The degree may be taken full or part time in Charlottesville.  A thesis is required for degree completion. Also beginning in fall 2015, the degree may be earned part-time online.

    Completion of the degree is not connected to the K12 Reading Specialist endorsement in Virginia.

  • 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 1-2 years.

    Full or Part Time:

    Full and part time enrollment are available in Charlottesville. Part time online will be available in Spring 2016.

  • Course Overview

    The Education Specialist degree in reading is a planned 30-credit (minimum) terminal post-master’s degree in which candidates are expected to attain an understanding of major issues in reading education, definitive knowledge of the field of reading, and the ability to integrate and apply what they have learned in an educational context and demonstrate this knowledge in a thesis.

    Reading Core Example Courses (18 hours)

    To be determined with advisor

    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 I (K-2)
    EDIS 5740 Remedial Techniques and Remediation (grades 3 and above)
    EDIS 7751 Literacy Leadership and Coaching  

    Electives (9 hours)
    To be determined with advisor.

    Thesis Course (3 hours)

    EDIS 8999 Masters Thesis

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Central office and leadership positions and and coaching positions; community college administration.

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 http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.