Reading Education

Learning to read is one of the most important things children do in school.

Decades of research has demonstrated how reading develops and the best way to teach students how to read successfully. Importantly, we know that reading is not a natural process, and that teaching children how to read requires direct and explicit instruction. The UVA School of Education and Human Developments’ Reading Education program develops practitioners that are knowledgeable about the scientific evidence base and how to implement scientifically aligned instruction.

Graduates of our nationally recognized Reading Education program teach children in elementary and secondary classrooms, coach colleagues in exemplary schools, train future teachers in colleges and universities, and conduct research.

The Reading Education program offers the M.Ed. - Reading Education degree, the Ed.S. - C&I  or Ed.D. - C&I degrees with a Leadership in Reading and Literacy emphasis, and the Ph.D. - Reading Education.


Achieving an advanced degree or certification in Reading Education can enhance your career and help you make a broader impact on the students you teach. In addition, achieving these advanced degrees can positively impact your overall marketability, job flexibility and salary.

Explore our Degrees

There are many options and preparatory degrees to become a reading specialist, and all lead to different outcomes and career types. Let us help you decide which degree or certification fits your goals.

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading Education

    With an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction-Reading Education, you can strengthen your instructional skills for effective teaching of reading and learn how to develop reading programs and literacy coaching at the elementary and secondary school levels. This program also prepares you for literacy work in community colleges, industry, adult education programs, commercial education centers, and private practice. Classes for the M.Ed. degree can be taken online or on-grounds in Charlottesville. 

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  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership in Reading and Literacy

    The Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership in Reading and Literacy area of emphasis prepares you for college or university positions or for positions in public schools with specific responsibilities for instruction, including reading intervention. Through coursework, a clinical internship, and practical experience, you will be expected to make recommendations to solve an important problem that teachers face in the classroom.

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  • Ph.D. in Education - Reading Education

    By earning a Ph.D. in Education—Reading Education, you can become a true expert in the field and work in either higher education or research organizations. Rigorous coursework, an apprenticeship and practical experiences prepare you to produce original research contributing to the knowledge base of Reading Education. Classes for our doctoral programs can only be taken at our Charlottesville main campus.

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  • UVA Reading Professional Development

    Educators can enroll in non-credit and credit-earning professional development opportunities lead by our renowned faculty. School leaders can collaborate with UVA Reading Professional Development to implement workshops/training, academies, program evaluations, or MEd-Reading Education cohorts.

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Program Details

Learn more about our nationally recognized Reading Education programs!

  • McGuffey Reading Center

    The university is the home of the McGuffey Reading Center. In operation since 1946, it serves students and parents who seek guidance regarding reading instruction and the diagnosis of reading disabilities.

  • Affiliated Research and Programs
  • Accreditations

    Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); fully accredited in 2014-15
    Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as an approved program for preparation of K12 reading specialists

    International Literacy Association (ILA)

    Accreditation Details

    The School of Education and Human Development graduate reading program area prepares teachers to be better classroom teachers of reading, to apply for the K12 reading specialist endorsement to be added to their teaching licenses, and to become  literacy leaders and/or coaches in school districts and community colleges.  Our graduates understand best practices in applying literacy content, practice and research to students with diverse backgrounds and diverse needs.  They are experts in using data and informed reading specialist judgment in instructional decision-making to assure that students in their practice become competent readers and writers. The reading program area is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2015 and April 2022. 
    The Virginia Department of Education ( lists the University of Virginia as an approved reading specialist preparation program.

    Quick Data Snapshot (Class of 2015)

    Average incoming GPA (all degrees): 3.820 (required 3.0)
    Average GRE Verbal score: 157 (recommended 150)
    Average GRE Math score: 148 (recommended 145)
    Average GRE Writing score: 4.2 (recommended 4.0)

    Average RVE (exit) score: 187 (pass: 165)