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Reading Education Program

Experienced Educators

Join our new, innovative 5-semester Curriculum & Instruction graduate program in Reading Education, leading to an M.A.Ed. or Ed.S. degree and Reading Specialist Endorsement in Virginia!

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Designed for Working Professionals

The Virginia Tech Reading Education Program is a state-approved Curriculum & Instruction program leading to the Reading Specialist Endorsement in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students can pursue 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 positions as reading specialists, reading/literacy coaches, or reading/literacy teacher leaders at the elementary, middle, or high school levels.

INTERACTIVE, INNOVATIVE, ONLINE INSTRUCTION

Completely redesigned -- now a 5-semester program! Since 2015, the VT Reading Education Program has delivered high-quality, interactive, online courses for working professionals.  Our innovative approach to online instruction helps students focus deeply on course at a time, while managing the demands of life and work.  

RELEVANT, RESEARCH-BASED PROGRAM

As a student in the reading specialist program, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to transform teaching and learning, conduct groundbreaking research, and lead learning communities within and beyond your school and district. Reimagining the future of education begins with instructional leaders who put educational excellence, innovation, and equity at the fore. Program faculty include widely published, nationally recognized authors and researchers with an average of over 15+ years of experience interfacing with K-12 educators (Amy Price Azano, Donna Fortune, Kristin Gehsmann, Heidi Anne Mesmer, Trevor Stewart, Dana Robertson, Christine Christainson, and Nancy Bradley). (Google us!)

COHORT MODEL

The reading specialist program uses a cohort model. Members of each reading specialist cohort, M.A.Ed. and Ed.S. students alike, attend all of the same classes in the same sequence and pursue common plans of study. The cohort model is designed to facilitate social interaction, collaboration, and the formation of a supportive learning community.

Students in cohorts learn from and help each other with the successful completion of coursework and professional networking. Students who participate in cohort models generally report a strong sense of belonging and are more likely to complete their programs of study in a timely manner.


Program Deadlines & Dates

Application Type:

Priority

Standard

After June 1

Deadline:

To Be Announced!

Next Cohort Will Begin in 2023

Watch this space!

Cohorts limited to 20 participants to ensure personal attention for all students

 

Reading & Literacy Education News

Reading & Literacy Education Events: Past, Present, and Future

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FACULTY

Our Reading Specialist program faculty include widely published, nationally recognized authors and researchers with considerable experience working with K-12 educators.

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Dana Robertson, Associate Professor and Program Leader
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Amy Price Azano, Associate Professor of Adolescent Literacy and Rural Education
Nancy Bradley, professor in the School of Education, smiles confidently at the camera, wearing a grey suit and a black shirt. Her blonde hair is short and she wears glasses
Nancy Bradley, Assistant Professor of Practice
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Christine Christianson, Professional Faculty
Donna Fogelsong
Donna Fortune, Assistant Professor of Practice
Dr. Kristin Gehsmann, Director of the School of Education, smiles confidently at the camera, wearing glasses and  grey sweater
Kristin M. Gehsmann, Professor
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Heidi Anne Mesmer, Professor
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Trevor T Stewart, Associate Professor

ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIP

Our Reading Specialist Program is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. It is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation