Reading Specialist (M.A.Ed.)

The Reading Specialist M.A.Ed. expands and improves students’ skills as teachers of reading and meets the Virginia requirements for an add-on endorsement as a reading specialist.

The program provides intense, and detailed training in formal reading assessment while providing additional experiences with informal instruments for assessing reader development.

Students are trained to be more than reading teachers; they also are trained as literacy leaders. Such preparation enables them to provide staff development and demonstration teaching for individual teachers or small groups of teachers. Students in this program are also prepared to organize and give presentations for parents and other administrators on literacy issues, analyze a school’s assessment data, and provide clinical work with individual students and small groups of students.