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Program goal

The K-12 reading specialist concentration in the Master of Education in Reading program is designed to provide experienced teachers who are prospective reading specialists with a program of sequential and integrated experiences in areas of the reading curriculum ranging from preschool to adult levels. Students will gain an understanding of the developmental and diagnostic processes involved in teaching reading and the language arts and will become familiar with the resource and supervisory functions that are part of the specialist role. Prior to graduation, students must complete a reading portfolio documenting their work in the program and related work experiences and pass state-mandated licensure/endorsement assessments. The M.Ed. in Reading is an approved program (K-12) for students who meet Virginia State Department of Education requirements. The reading specialist endorsement also requires completion of three years of teaching in a reading-related field. This program is available in an online format.

Student learning outcomes

Reading core outcomes

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge to support literacy and language learning
  2. Effectively plan instruction or fulfill other professional responsibilities that attend to learner differences
  3. Effectively apply knowledge, skills and dispositions in practice

K-12 reading specialist concentration-specific outcome

  1. Develop skills integral to the literacy professional role to support teacher professional development

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

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Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

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Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.Ed. Fall Feb 1
Spring Oct 1
Summer Feb 1

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline
  2. Must have an active renewable teaching license
  3. Have at least three years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of reading was an important responsibility
  4. Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s potential for graduate study in education
  5. Statement of intent
  6. Transcripts of all previous college work

Please visit the School of Education website for further information.

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.

  1. Credit hour requirements: Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours.
  2. Grade requirements: Receipt of a grade of C or below in two courses constitutes automatic dismissal from the program. Courses with a grade below C cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  3. Testing requirements: Students in the K-12 reading specialist concentration must present passing scores on state mandated licensure/endorsement assessments.

Curriculum requirements

Course Title Hours
Core courses
EDUS 607Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDUS 660Research Methods in Education3
EDUS 673Democracy, Equity and Ethics in Education3
READ 700Externship3
TEDU 561Literacy Foundations: Sociological/Psychological Perspectives3
TEDU 562Reading Instruction in the Content Areas3
Concentration courses
READ 600Analysis and Correction of Reading Problems3
READ 605Organizing and Implementing Reading Programs3
READ 672Internship3
Select two of the following:6
Literacy for Adults
Educational Foundations for Collaboration and Universally Designed Learning
Teaching Language Arts
Word Study
Children's Literature II
Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom
Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners
Second Language Acquisition
ESL Assessment and Trends
Total Hours33

The minimum number of graduate credit hours required for this degree is 33.

Contact
Enrollment Management
soeinfo@vcu.edu
(804) 828-3382

Additional contact
Valerie Robnolt, Ph.D.
Associate professor and graduate program director
vjrobnolt@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1305

Program website: soe.vcu.edu/academics/masters-programs/med-reading