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.


We are not accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year in Charlottesville. Please consider applying for the 2020-2021 school year when those applications are available. The online and off-Grounds M.Ed. in Reading Education is still accepting applications!


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:

  1. Tutor in our programs at local schools and at the Center
  2. Prepare lessons and design interventions for tutoring programs
  3. Mentor pre-service teachers in tutoring programs
  4. 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.

Program Details

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Any student who wishes to apply for a degree must hold an undergraduate degree and submit an online application, at least two letters of recommendation, a complete transcript, a current statement of professional goals, 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; suggested courses are EDIS 7700 Foundations of Reading Instruction and EDIS 7720 Word Study: Language Structures and Phonics. 
    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.

  • 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; 6 hours are in cognate areas; there are two electives.  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.


  • 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

    Two semesters full-time on-Grounds, fall and spring plus the summer semester for clinical courses needed if seeking Virginia state endorsement.

  • 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; 18 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 (fall semester)
    EDIS 5740 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 2 (spring semester)
    EDIS 7751 Literacy, Leadership and Coaching 

    Cognates (two courses)

    EDIS 7310 Children’s Literature OR EDIS 5410 Young Adult Literature
    EDIS 5435 Writing Across the Curriculum

    Electives (two courses) decided with advisor permission

    Please Note:  A psychology course is required by the state for K12 endorsement. If you do not have this course in your preparation background, you may take EDLF 5010 Child Learning and Development OR EDLF 5160 Lifespan Development OR EDLF 5011 Adolescent Development as an elective.

    Endorsement (two clinical courses)

    The following two clinical courses are required to obtain the Commonwealth of VA's Reading Specialist Endorsement only. These courses are not available online but 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.

  • 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 (cmb3s@virginia.edu), 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.