M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading Education

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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 program is designed to develop knowledge about the science of reading and effective and efficient reading assessment and instruction at both the elementary and secondary levels. The program also develops students as literacy leaders in their schools and districts and prepares individuals for literacy work in community colleges, industry, adult education programs, commercial education centers and private practice.

In the reading education program students will:

  • Understand the science of reading and the cognitive underpinnings of reading development
  • Learn how to implement evidence-based reading assessment and instruction
  • Understand the broad range of reading profiles for students in school settings and how to address heterogenous learning needs
  • Understand how to use data to drive instructional decision making
  • Develop the ability to integrate reading research and theory into practice
  • Learn to lead a school site in the implementation of evidence-based core literacy instruction, as well as supplemental instruction for students who have difficulties learning how to read


Though it is not a graduation requirement for the M.Ed. program, many students wish to add the Commonwealth of Virginia's K12 reading specialist endorsement to their existing teaching license. Students seeking this endorsement must enroll in 3-credits of EDIS 7740, our summer reading clinic, in addition to completing the 30-hour master’s degree. The clinical course may be taken before or after graduation but must be taken within 5 years of graduation.

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Program Details

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the M.Ed. program must submit the following:

    • two recommendations from faculty and/or employers  
    • a goal statement describing professional goals and how the Reading M.Ed. program is a good fit for the applicant 
    • an updated resume 
    • unofficial transcripts demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • GRE scores (*or alternative procedure, see below) 
    • For international students only: TOEFL or IELTS scores that are no more than 2 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 the School of Education and Human Development’s targets for admission – 150 verbal, 145 math, 4.0 writing.

    GRE Alternative Procedures: Prospective students may choose to use one of the alternative procedures below in lieu of submitting GRE scores:

    • Option 1: NBPTS. Submit evidence of current National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.
    • Option 2: Coursework. Complete two courses (EDIS 7700 and EDIS 7720) with a grade of B+ or higher. You may do this one of two ways: 1) Apply to be a non-degree student and take the two courses. Then, apply as a degree-seeking student no later than the semester in which you are taking your second course. 2) Apply as a degree-seeking student before completing the two courses (EDIS 7700 and EDIS 7720). If you are accepted, you will receive a “conditional admission” status while you take the first two courses. Once the two courses are completed with a B+ or higher, your status automatically transfers to “full admission.” All students applying via Option 2 must also submit a writing sample. Writing Sample Instructions. 
    • Option 3: Direct Admission. For current UVA students, the School of Education and Human Development offers a direct admission option. This program allows prospective students to secure space in our graduate programs earlier than the regular admission option and requires a simpler application. Please note that in order to add a reading specialist endorsement to your Virginia Teaching License, you need at least 3 years of teaching experience, in which teaching reading was a primary responsibility. 
    • Option 4: For UVA B.S.Ed. graduates, the UVA School of Education and Human Development offers a guaranteed admission option for recent teacher education graduates who meet eligibility requirements. This option also requires a simplified application.

    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.

    • Fall entry: April 15 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until July 15 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

    The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Reading Education consists of 30 graduate hours of coursework (11 courses). Students will complete the degree by taking a comprehensive examination.

    An additional 3 hours are required for students who wish to obtain a Virginia K12 reading specialist endorsement. See below for procedures to add the endorsement.

    An additional 3 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 the School of Education and Human Development's Financial Aid webpage.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Most Reading M.Ed. students complete the 30-hour program part-time over the course of 2-4 years by taking 1-2 courses each semester. You can begin coursework in the fall, spring, or summer. It is possible to complete the program as a full-time student in 4 semesters; please contact Emma Pearson for details.

  • 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 M.Ed. plus 3 is a state-approved curriculum for preparing teachers for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s K12 reading specialist endorsement. 

    M.Ed. Reading Education Courses

    EDIS 7700 (3 units) Reading Foundations for Diverse Learners

    EDIS 7720 (3 units) Understanding the Code: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Orthography

    EDIS 7710 (3 units) Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas

    EDIS 5235 (1 unit) Evidence-Based Practice for Students with Dyslexia

    EDIS 7730 (2 units) Reading Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making

    EDIS 5730 (3 units) Diagnosis & Remediation I: Word-Based Assessment and Intervention

    EDIS 5740 (3 units) Diagnosis & Remediation II: Meaning-Based Assessment and Intervention

    EDIS 5425 (3 units) Teaching Writing

    EDIS 7760 (3 units) Reading Development, Assessment, and Interventions with Special Populations

    EDIS 7751 (3 units) Literacy Leadership and Coaching

    Choose between EDIS 7310 Children’s Literature and EDIS 5410 Young Adult Literature (3 units)

    Added Clinical Course for VA K12 Reading Specialist Endorsement

    EDIS 7740 (3 units) Practicum in Reading Intervention

    Note: The Virginia K12 reading specialist endorsement requires applicants to take a Child Psychology or Human Growth and Development course. This psychology course is also required for a Commonwealth of Virginia teaching license and students who have already taken this course as a part of their initial licensure program do not need to take another one. Students who do not have the requisite psychology course on their undergraduate transcript will need to consult with their advisor about how to fulfill this requirement. 

    Culminating Experience

    M.Ed. students need to pass a comprehensive examination in order to graduate. The Reading M.Ed. comprehensive exam consists of a series of multiple-choice questions and case studies. Students will complete the exam during their last semester of coursework.

  • 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

    After completing the academic master’s degree (30 credits) and the clinical course (3 credits), three years of successful teaching during which time the teaching of reading was a major responsibility, and receiving a passing score of at least 162 on the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) Reading Specialist test (Praxis Test #5304), a graduate can apply for the commonwealth’s K12 reading specialist endorsement to be added to their teaching license. Please note that the M.Ed. in Reading Education program is NOT a route to obtaining an initial teaching license. 

    Process for Adding the Endorsement 

    If you are currently employed by a Virginia educational agency, please work directly with your HR department to submit the paperwork for adding an endorsement to your license after you have completed your degree. You will need two things from UVA to complete this paperwork: 1) an official transcript (available through the Office of the Registrar) and 2) a College Verification Form (CVF). To obtain the CVF, please email Phyllis Palmore with the following information: your full name (as it appears on your license), your birthdate, the last 4 digits of your SSN, and your current home address. The CVF will be mailed to your home address. 

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.