Academic programs
VCU Reading Specialists Online

VCU Reading Specialists Online

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The M.Ed. in reading’s K-12 reading specialist concentration and the Post-master’s Certificate (PMC) for Reading Specialist are now offered online. Like their traditional face-to-face counterpart, the online version of these degrees are approved by the Virginia Board of Education, are nationally accredited and prepare graduates to meet the requirements for the Virginia endorsement as a K-12 reading specialist.

The online reading program offers students a high level of flexibility for managing their time and coursework. The program features interactive dialogues, asynchronous online discussions, synchronous online conversations and coaching opportunities.

An externship course enables candidates to work collaboratively to implement an action research project and share results of their learning through a virtual presentation. Candidates will be required to complete a three-credit internship, which enables candidates to provide intensive instruction to struggling learners, collaborate with colleagues and practice coaching skills under the direct supervision of VCU faculty.

Online M.Ed. in reading, concentration in K-12 reading specialist

The online M.Ed. in reading, concentration in K-12 reading specialist spans 33 credit hours, including 18 credit hours of reading content courses, nine credit hours in Foundations of Education courses and six credit hours of electives.

For a detailed breakdown of the M.Ed. in reading, concentration in K-12 reading specialist requirements, please visit the concentration’s VCU Bulletin page.

Online Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist

For candidates with a master’s degree in an education-related field, the online Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist provides certification as a reading specialist. The PMC spans 24 credit hours, including 18 credit hours of reading content courses and six credit hours of electives.

For a detailed breakdown of the Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist requirements, please visit the program’s VCU Bulletin page.

Application process

Applications for these two online reading specialist degrees are currently being accepted.

Information on applying to VCU can be found at the university’s Graduate Admissions website. Please review the VCU graduate admission checklist before applying as well, and be sure to ask your references to note that you are applying for the online reading program in their letter of recommendation.

For individual questions, please contact Dr. Valerie Robnolt, associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, at vjrobnolt@vcu.edu.

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online reading program

Interested in a face-to-face learning environment instead of online? Please check out the on-campus program for our M.Ed. in reading as well as our Post-master's Certificate for Reading Specialist.