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Those who can, teach

Educating tomorrow's problem-solvers, critical thinkers, movers and shakers

Dr. Heidi Mesmer, the head of the reading specialist program, smiles confidently at the camera.


Offering M.A.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. Degree Options

The Reading Specialist Program is a state-approved program leading to the Reading Specialist endorsement in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students receive either a Master's (M.A.Ed.) or an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree along with the Reading Specialist endorsement. The program prepares teachers for Reading Specialist positions at the elementary, middle, or high school levels.

Since 2015, VT has delivered highquality, interactive courses for working teachers. During the school year, courses are offered online with a virtual meeting time. During the summers, face-to-face courses are taught during a 2-week session at the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech. Note: On occasion and with school district commitment, face-to-face courses have been offered in local communities. 

Program Deadlines & Dates

Domestic Applicants:
April 1, 2021

International Applicants:
July, 2021