M.Ed. On Campus

Reading (Concentration in K-12 Reading Specialist)

Virginia Commonwealth University

12 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Reading (Concentration in K-12 Reading Specialist) program at Virginia Commonwealth University is designed to provide experienced teachers who are prospective reading specialists with a program of sequential and integrated experiences in areas of the reading curriculum ranging from preschool to adult levels. 


Program goal

Students will gain an understanding of the developmental and diagnostic processes involved in teaching reading and the language arts and will become familiar with the resource and supervisory functions that are part of the specialist role. Prior to graduation, students must complete a reading portfolio documenting their work in the program and related work experiences and pass the Reading for Virginia Educators Assessment. The M.Ed. in Reading is an approved program (K-12) for students who meet Virginia State Department of Education requirements. The reading specialist endorsement also requires completion of three years of teaching in a reading-related field.

A cooperative agreement has been established with Virginia State University to permit selected, qualified students to complete the Reading (Concentration in K-12 Reading Specialist) program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Up to 12 credit hours from an approved list may be transferred from the cooperating institution. Interested students should contact the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Student learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate content knowledge to support literacy and language learning
  • Effectively plan instruction or fulfill other professional responsibilities that attend to learner differences
  • Effectively apply knowledge, skills and dispositions in practice

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Adolescent Growth and Development
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Adult Development
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Advanced Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers
  • Learning and Motivation in Education
  • Cultural, historical and philosophical
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Social Foundations of Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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