Master of Education

Reading Education

Average Time to Complete Three semesters and one summer

About the Program

MBU | Master’s | Hybrid – There is a nationwide need for effective literacy teachers. Completion of this program results in a Master of Education (MEd) degree in Reading Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement (K-12). This 36-credit hour program is designed to prepare leaders of literacy who are able to improve the reading outcomes of elementary and secondary students. The required coursework below aims to improve the knowledge, instruction, and assessment techniques of reading teachers and literacy coaches.

Candidates pursuing this program must hold a bachelor’s degree as well as a teaching license before starting the program, and must have successfully completed at least three years of full-time teaching before program completion.

The program can be completed in two years as a full-time student. Most classes are offered online and some meet in person.

Career Paths

  • Classroom teacher
  • Literacy program coordinator
  • Curriculum developer
  • Educational policy developer

Courses & Requirements

36 Credit Hours

ED 671* Literacy Diagnosis and Remediation I with Practicum
ED 672* Literacy Diagnosis and Remediation II with Practicum
ED 673 Child and Adolescent Literature for Educators
ED 674 Word Knowledge: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary
ED 675* Literacy Leadership with Practicum
ED 648 Literacy Instruction for ESL Students
ED 606 An Inquiry Approach to Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
ED 624 An Inquiry Approach to Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
ED 631 Technologies to Advance Learning
ED 630 Methods of Professional Inquiry
ED 632 Inquiry Research Project

* These courses must be taken in the following order: ED 671, ED 672, ED 675. Furthermore, these classes have a 30-hour practicum requirement in three different settings that correspond to each course; for at least 20 hours of each practicum, the teacher candidate must show evidence of direct teaching.

Cost & Financial Aid

2016–17 COSTS

Tuition: $495 per credit hour

Technology Fee:  up to $60 per semester

Additional Cost Information

Learn more about Financial Aid opportunities available at Mary Baldwin University.

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

Support resources for Mary Baldwin University students:

How to Apply

Apply online for the Master of Education

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

Fall – July 31
Spring – November 15
Summer – April 15

Applications will require:

  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary work
  • Two letters of reference from professional
  • A goal statement essay
  • Praxis Core Scores

Prospective students are encouraged to meet with an education adviser in the most convenient regional location to review admission requirements and determine the best plan of study.

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