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Master of Science in Literacy Education

The Reading Specialist (K-12) Program leads to a Master of Science in Reading and requires 33 semester hours of graduate work. Endorsement requires at least three years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of reading was an important responsibility.

Reading Admission Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 overall.
  • Send official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework including degrees conferred.
  • Submit an essay (typed, double spaced, three pages in length), that includes the following:
  1. What past work experiences and interests influenced your decision to apply for the reading education program?
  2. Describe your short- and long-term goals and career aspirations as they relate to the reading program.
    Essays will be evaluated by the admissions committee as part of the application.
  • References should be from two individuals who can address your history of successful
    teaching experiences with students and your potential for academic and professional
    success in the field of literacy education.
  • Submit a copy of your teaching license.

Program Requirements (33 hours)

Course Title Credit Hours
EDEF 606 Educational Research 3
EDRD 624 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs 3
EDRD 630 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 3
EDRD/EDSP 641 Classroom Development and Remediation of Language Skills 3
EDRD 688 Advanced Study in Reading Skills 3
EDRD 692 Reading Diagnosis: Testing, Prescription and Remediation 3
EDRD/EDSP 695 Alternative Approaches to Reading 3
EDRD 697 Practicum: Diagnostic and Remedial Techniques in Reading 6
EDSP 669 Diagnostic Educational Procedures for Exceptional Individuals 3
Elective Elective 3

In consultation with their adviser, students may choose one elective in areas such as Educational Technology, English, Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition, special topics courses (EDRD 660) will be offered periodically on topics pertinent to reading education such as Children’s Literature and Strategies for Classroom Writing. For successful completion of the Graduate Reading program all candidates are required to attain a benchmark score of 245 or higher on the Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA). Candidates will be allowed two opportunities to successfully pass the VRA.

A Master’s degree will not be awarded if a candidate fails to achieve the score of 245 or higher after taking the VRA a second time.