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Reading Specialist (K-12)

Ed.S. offered at Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
M.A.Ed. at Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus or Southwest Virginia 

Program Overview

Our program prepare experienced teachers to earn endorsement in the Commonwealth of Virginia as Reading Specialists. This K-12 endorsement enables successful candidates to take positions in schools across the state. 

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Why choose this program?

  • The Reading Specialist Program at Virginia Tech is a Master’s Degree Program that prepares experienced teachers to earn endorsement in the Commonwealth of Virginia as Reading Specialists.
  • Currently the program takes a hybrid form with courses offered online in Fall and Spring and face-to-face in a special summer session.

What You'll Study

The program consists of the following 11 courses in four strands.

  • Foundations
    1. EDCI 5324: Language, Literacy, and Culture
    2. EDEP 5154: Psychological Foundations of Education
  • Literacy Instruction and Assessment
    3. EDCI 5304: Assessment for K-12 Literacy Instruction
    4. EDCI 5404: Practicum in Clinical Reading
    5. EDCI 5784: English Language Learners: Reading and Writing in the Content Area
  • Research
    6. EDCI 5344: Review of Literacy Research
    7. EDCI 5555: Reading Specialist Practicum I - (Project Planning)
    8. EDCI 5556: Reading Specialist Practicum II- (Project)
  • Adolescent Literacy
    9. EDCI 5264: Comprehending Processes and Reading in the Content Area
    10. EDCI 5444 - Teaching Adolescent Readers
    11. EDCI 5454: Teaching Composition: Methods a

The program at Virginia Tech provides coursework and experiences within public schools in the region through the development of mentoring communities with teachers committed to social justice, cultural diversity, and teacher as agent and reflective inquirer.

  • To enroll in the program students must have three years of classroom teaching experience. This experience must be obtained by the time the student finishes all of the coursework.

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree and a VA K-12

Learn more 

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

Domestic Application
Spring: December 1
Summer: June 1
Fall: July 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 5
Fall: April 1

Dr. Heidi Anne Mesmer
Program Leader
Public Safety Building
Suite 201
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8343
hamesmer@vt.edu

 

Office of Academic Programs 

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Questions?

Dr. Heidi Anne Mesmer
Program Leader
Public Safety Building
Suite 201
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8343
hamesmer@vt.edu

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