Master in Education (M.Ed.)

Reading Specialist

Virginia Endorsement for Licensed Teachers

Online 31 major credits * 20 months

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*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Expand your skills to support student growth and success in reading

20 month completion time, including holiday breaks

Complete practicum in own school

No weekend classes


This program is designed for the experienced educator who is interested in expanding their skills to support student growth and success in reading.

What You Learn

The mission of Averett University is to prepare students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change. Averett fulfills this mission by educating students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations through liberal arts-based undergraduate and graduate programs in a personal, collegial, interdisciplinary environment. In order to provide a strong theoretical base, a core of courses that examine philosophical, psychological, and research-oriented issues is required.

Through this core, the graduate program provides both theoretical and practical experiences for teachers who wish to become leaders in their profession and strengthen their understanding of the process of reading development.

How You Learn

The M.Ed. Reading Specialist program is presented online in an accelerated format allowing you to complete the program in under two years.

You’ll take classes one at a time in six-week blocks to allow intense study of each concept. No face-to-face meetings are required.

Career Outcomes

Individuals who obtain the endorsement may become a reading specialist, coach, or instructional specialist to support K-12 reading programs.

Degree Requirements

ED 518Orientation to Graduate Education1
ED 504Philosophy of Education3
ED 501Research in Education3
ED 540Survey of Reading3
ED 502Child and Adolescent Psychology3
ED 532Language Development3
ED 534Teaching Literacy in the Content Area3
ED 542Diagnoses/Prescriptions of Reading Difficulties3
ED 544Practicum in Diagnoses/Prescriptions of Reading Difficulties3
ED 508*The Exceptional Student3
ED 546Organization and Supervision of Reading Program Development3
ED 500Comprehensive Exam0
 Total Credit Hours:31

*You can take ED503 – Fundamentals of Teaching ESL in lieu of ED508 – The Exceptional Student in order to prepare for the ESL praxis.

Please Note:
  • This program does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Virginia.
  • Program and course requirements are subject to change.
  • Students must have at least one year of experience as a primary or secondary classroom teacher and be able to submit evidence they hold a Collegiate Professional teacher license as well as evidence of passing scores on the VCLA. Passing scores for the RVE (Reading Specialist 5304) must be submitted prior to the end of your program.
  • In lieu of a thesis, students will complete a Comprehensive Exam by responding online to a set of questions over the weekend.