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MEd in Reading Specialist - Licensure (Reading)

Regent University's Master of Education in Reading Specialist degree is offered with an endorsement option. This program is for licensed educators who want to earn a Virginia Reading Specialist endorsement and complete a master's-level study of literacy education. Learn more in this article.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education in Reading Specialist (with endorsement)

School Offering Program:

Regent University

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Program Prerequisites:

The Master of Education in Reading Specialist (with endorsement) degree program is geared towards experienced educational professionals who seek a Reading Specialist endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education. The program requires that candidates have at least three years of teaching experience and a current teaching license before the completion of the program. Applicants to all master's degree programs at Regent University need to have at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent; additional requirements may apply to some programs.

Program Description:

The Master of Education in Reading Specialist (with endorsement) degree program is offered entirely online and designed to fit a busy working schedule. It includes coursework in many different facets and approaches to reading instruction, including classroom and behavior management, social skills, language acquisition, assessment across content areas, technology use to support curricula, and teaching methods for students with disabilities. The culminating portfolio and internship are designed to help students synthesize the concepts covered in the coursework while gaining real field experience. Students have the opportunity to conduct and examine research on current literacy topics and also have the chance to learn valuable collaboration and teaming skills. A Literacy Seminar provides an opportunity for endorsement-seeking students to prepare for the required Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) assessment.

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Program Length:

37 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Education in Reading Specialist (with Endorsement)

This master's degree program's Reading Specialist core curriculum requires a minimum of 37 credit hours. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (37 credits)

  • Professional Project
  • Faith Integration Assessment
  • Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
  • Behavior Management & Social Skills Training
  • Language Acquisition & the Communicative Arts
  • Assessing & Teaching Reading of Narrative & Expository Texts
  • Collaboration & Consultation
  • Field Experience I-Reading & Math
  • Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities
  • K-12 Reading Assessment and Instruction Across Content Areas
  • Data Driven Assessment
  • Reading Service Delivery: Supervision & Current Trends
  • Reading Research, Curriculum, & Technology
  • Literacy Seminar
  • Reading Internship

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Students who graduate with this M.Ed. might be eligible to continue their work on a more advanced level and earn a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), or another doctoral degree. A doctoral program could provide students with the opportunity to research more specialized or complex issues in literacy and pedagogy while preparing them for administrative careers in the field.

Students might be interested in these or other degree programs:

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Technology & Online Learning
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education

Career Paths:

The M.Ed. degree program from Regent University is intended to prepare students to earn both a master's degree and a Virginia Reading Specialist endorsement for an existing teaching license. Earning this endorsement could allow graduates to demonstrate their knowledge of current reading instruction principles and methods, as well as their commitment to professional excellence. Potential career choices for graduates might include:

  • Reading specialist (Virginia licensed)
  • Reading consultant
  • Reading tutor

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