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Master of Education with a concentration in Literacy Education

The Master of Education with a concentration in Literacy Education 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 Literacy 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 in off-campus locations and online in conjunction with JMU Professional & Continuing Education. 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.

For more information on the master program, visit the website.

If your Virginia school district would like to discuss the possibility of hosting the Master of Education with a concentration in Literacy Education Program, please contact Dr. Mark Lewis, Program Coordinator ( or Sarah MacDonald in JMU Professional & Continuing Education ( 

How to Apply for Professional Development Courses

If you are:

· a student who wants to take a few courses at JMU

· a person seeking professional development, teacher recertification, or self-enrichment

Complete and submit the Non-degree Seeking Student Application Form, including information about residency. Click here to apply. Choose “Create Your Account,” and then proceed to “Non-Degree Seeking Student Application.” When you submit your application, there will be a $20 application fee which can be paid online with a credit or debit card, or by electronic check. *Please note that payment by electronic check requires a 6 day holding period before your application will be received by Professional & Continuing Education.

Applications take 3-5 business days to be processed.

Note: If you are registering for a class through MyMadison please remember that you not only need to allow enough time for your application to be processed but you also need to be aware of the last day that you can add a class. Please consider this before filling out an application. Registration deadlines can be found at the registrar’s site -

You will remain active as a non-degree seeking student for one year* (fall, spring, and summer) as long as you enroll in a class each semester.  If you do not enroll in a class each semester you will be discontinued as a student and will need to reapply.  All non-degree seeking students are discontinued at the end of summer and need to reapply for the following year.

*Year – begins in fall and ends at the end of summer semester. 

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