Master of Education

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction—Reading Education

Average Time to Complete Three semesters full-time on-Grounds (15 months); part-time study usually takes 1-2 years.

About the Program

UVA | Master’s | Online – The Master’s Degree in C&I – Reading Education is designed for reading practitioners to strengthen their knowledge, instructional skills, and abilities for effective teaching of reading, the development of reading programs, and literacy coaching at the elementary and secondary school levels. This program also prepares individuals for literacy work in community colleges, industry, adult education programs, commercial education centers and private practice.

This master’s degree is offered either full-time in 15 months in Charlottesville, or part-time. Options include fully online, or hybrid (combination online and face-to-face), at locations in Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, and Richmond.
The master’s degree in reading education is a 30-hour program, available completely online.  The format will maintain the University and McGuffey Reading Center’s historically strong commitment to clinical training.  Students who come to our home base in Charlottesville as residential students as well as those who study with us online and through outreach centers are all mentored by Curry reading faculty. 

Career Paths

  • Classroom teaching
  • Reading specialist
  • Title I interventionist
  • Coaching positions
  • District central office supervisor

Courses & Requirements

30 credit hours | Course Checklist

Your required courses will cover topics such as instructional design, applied cognition, distance education, evaluation and assessment, and quantitative and qualitative research. You’ll also be able to choose electives in your area of interest.

Courses for the M.Ed in C&I focus on reading instruction, language structure, child learning and development, writing across the curriculum, and more. You will also be able to choose one elective course.

Students will learn:

  • The ability to instruct through the use of reading and literacy strategies for student achievement and integrate research and theory in practice.
  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.
  • The ability to assess and adapt curriculum for diverse learning styles.

Cost & Financial Aid

K-12 Educator Discount Rate: $335 in-state; $750 out-of-state, including fees

Non-K-12 Educator Online Tuition, (same in-state and out-of-state): $535/credit hour including fees

More information

Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry’s Financial Aid webpage.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

As a student of the University of Virginia, you will have access to:

How to Apply

Any student who wishes to apply for a degree must submit an online application, at least two letters of recommendation, a complete transcript, a current statement of professional goals, and at least one of the options listed below.


Graduate Record Exam (GRE) 

Alternative GRE Procedures – Prospective students may be admitted by submitting GRE scores or by using one of the alternative procedures described below:

  • Submit evidence of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification; or
  • Take two of the degree’s required reading courses as a non-degree student prior to application, passing both with a B or better;
  • Applicants will also submit a writing sample within the application that will be scored via rubric for writing expectations. 

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