M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading Education - Charlottesville
Grab the opportunity to be part of a truly unique education program that provides ample classroom teaching experience, learning directly from top-tier faculty on a daily basis, and involvement with a cohort of classmates who, like you, are striving to learn the best methodologies to teach children the joy of reading.
The Reading Education program at the Curry School in Charlottesville invites students to participate in the experience of learning how to teach children through a curriculum model that focuses on practical application.
New to teaching? This valuable hands-on experience prepares you exceptionally well to be an outstanding teacher from day one in your own classroom.
Already teaching? Our differentiated opportunities allow you to extend learning and develop your practice, as well as prepare you for the reading specialist endorsement in Virginia (see bottom of page for more information), or a new step in your career as a literacy leader in your school or district.
“The reading specialist graduate program at UVA has given me the tools to feel confident as a first year teacher. Being able to actually try out best practices at the McGuffey tutoring program allowed me to begin my first job with a toolbox of successful strategies for teaching reading and writing.”– Ashton Hellmuth, M.Ed. 2015
The benefits of a full-time, in-person program are many. They include:
- Experience high engagement with top-tier faculty
- Participate in a cohort model, which creates a supportive and close environment
- Work in the prestigious McGuffey Reading Center applying curriculum directly with children
- Experience the unique culture of the University of Virginia
The McGuffey Reading Center
We are also home to the McGuffey Reading Center, the oldest continually operational reading center in the US. At the Center, we have trained hundreds of reading specialists through our clinically-based reading program. Specifically, the Center allows students the multiple opportunities to directly apply in the classroom the content of the program's coursework.
The Center provides internship opportunities for full-time students eligible for America Reads work study. These internships allow you to:
- Tutor in our programs at local schools and at the Center
- Prepare lessons and design interventions for tutoring programs
- Mentor pre-service teachers in tutoring programs
- Assess students through our diagnostic services
Not only will these opportunities give you hands-on classroom experience, but internships at McGuffey will boost your resume!
Reading Specialist Endorsement
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 work must be approved by the clinical instructor in advance of registration.
Two semesters full-time on-Grounds, fall and spring plus the summer semester for clinical courses needed if seeking Virginia state endorsement.
Classroom teaching, reading specialist, Title I, interventionist, and coaching positions. Many graduates become supervisors in districts’ central offices.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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.