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Reading M.Ed.

The M.Ed. in Reading Education Program is designed for experienced, licensed K-12 teachers.  Students who complete this degree fulfill partial requirements for the K-12 Reading Specialist endorsement in Virginia.  This program is also suitable for teachers who wish to remain in regular classrooms and improve their expertise in literacy assessment and instruction. Framed by the International Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professionals, this program includes a comprehensive set of courses and field experiences with a focus on literacy development across the grade levels and school-wide literacy leadership. 

Currently, this degree program is offered only in off-campus locations in conjunction with JMU Outreach and Engagement.  The sequence of courses can be completed within three academic years, and all courses and field experiences are provided in the localities of each cohort.  If your Virginia school district would like to discuss the possibility of hosting the M.Ed. in Reading Education Program, please contact Dr. Joy Myers, Program Coordinator ( or Carol Fleming in JMU Outreach and Engagement (

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program with a concentration in Reading Education is intended for experienced classroom teachers who want to prepare to become reading intervention teachers or reading specialists.

Admission Criteria

All criteria are considered when reviewing applications for the M.Ed. degree program with a concentration in Reading Education. These include:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • GRE scores at the 25th percentile or higher for both the verbal and quantitative tests (or MAT scores at the 25th percentile or higher) 
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • A valid teaching license
  • A professional resume
  • A two- to three-page written statement describing the applicant's professional background and long-term professional goals
  • Recommendations from relevant school personnel familiar with the candidate's teaching performance and leadership potential
Course Requirements Credit Hours
READ 582. Foundations of Literacy 3
READ 586. Children's and Adolescent Literature 3
READ 588. Writing Instruction 3
READ 590. Literacy Across the Curriculum 3
READ 600. Research and Research Methods in Literacy 3
READ 602. Word Knowledge: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary 3
READ 604. Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners 3
READ 658. Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention I 3
READ 660. Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention II 3
READ 665. Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs 3
READ 670. Literacy Coaching and Internship 3


Cohort group from Green Co.

Reading M.Ed.cohort from Greene County

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Dr. Joy Myers
Program Coordinator