M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading Education - Online and Off-Grounds


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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

Students can pursue this master's degree online (30 hours without state endorsement requirements or hybrid (combination online and face-to-face that includes state endorsement requirements) in 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.

*** Teachers in Virginia who wish to add the Commonwealth of Virginia's K12 reading specialist endorsement to their teaching license must take an additional 3 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 master's degree in reading.

Program Details


  • 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—150 verbal, 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
    • Beginning with admission for the spring 2020 term applicants without GRE scores may be admitted conditionally. Qualified applicants admitted without GRE scores will be required to complete their first two courses in the M.Ed. program, EDIS 7700 and EDIS 7720, with a grade of B+ or higher in order to continue.
    • All alternative applicants will also submit a writing sample within the application that will be scored via rubric for writing expectations. Writing Sample Instructions

    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.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • 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.

    • Fall entry: April 15 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.
    • Spring entry: November 1
    • Summer entry: March 15 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until May 1 on a space-available basis.

    Application decisions will be available 6 weeks after the deadline.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • 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).  Twenty-one (21) hours are in the reading area; 6 hours are in cognate areas; there is one elective.  Students will complete the degree by taking the Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist (5304) 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.

    http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/0304

     

    An additional 3 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 (3 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.

  • 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

    The academic Master’s degree in Reading Education is a 30-hour degree. Teachers in Virginia who wish to add the Commonwealth of Virginia’s K12 reading specialist endorsement to their teaching license must take an additional three credit hours (3) in one of our summer reading clinics (degree + 3 hours). The MEd plus 3 is a state approved curriculum for preparing teachers for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s K12 reading specialist endorsement.

    Required core reading courses - 21 credits

    • EDIS 7700 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDIS 7710 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • EDIS 7720 Word Study: Language Structures and Phonics (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5730 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 1 (fall semester) (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5740 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 2 (spring semester) (3 credits)
    • EDIS 7751 Literacy, Leadership, and Coaching (3 credits)
    • EDIS 7730 Practicum in Reading Diagnosis (3 credits)

    Required Cognates - 6 credits

    • EDIS 7310 Children’s Literature OR EDIS 5410 Young Adult Literature (3 credits) EDIS 5435 Writing Across the Curriculum (3 credits) One Elective Required - 3 credits
    • EDIS 5270 Reading and Writing for English Language Learners or EDIS 5411 Reading Tutoring or other approved elective Required for Endorsement (one clinical courses)

    The clinical course is not part of the academic master’s degree but is required to obtain the Commonwealth of Virginia’s K12 Reading Specialist endorsement:

    EDIS 7740 Remedial Practicum (3 credits)

    Note: The VA K12 Reading Endorsement requires applicants to have a Child Psychology or Human Growth and Development course. The psychology courses is also required for a Commonwealth of Virginia teaching license. Students who do not have the requisite psychology course on their undergraduate transcript will need to take a psychology course that meets the state requirement. Please consult with your advisor if you need a course to fulfill this requirement.

    Culminating Experience

    All students must take and successfully pass the Praxis: Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist (5304) test before graduation.

  • 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

    An additional 3 hours are required for those who wish to obtain a Virginia K12 reading specialist endorsement.

    Upon completion of the academic degree (30 credits) and clinical courses (3 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.