Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist

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The Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist is designed for students who wish to gain state licensure as a reading specialist in kindergarten through high school settings.

Among other competencies, the program provides students with the skills needed to understand the reading language learning process, apply and adapt reading instructional strategies and to implement schoolwide developmental, creative and intervention reading programs.

Curriculum information

The Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist requires a minimum of 24 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Post-master’s Certificate for Reading Specialist »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.



How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Spring, summer or fall
Application deadline: Feb. 1 for fall and summer admission; Oct. 1 for spring admission. 

EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE Fall: June 1 for all Reading programs (Certificate and Master's)

Resources and Checklists

Application checklist [PDF]



The School of Education (SOE) degree programs that lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The SOE has determined that the curriculum includes applicable educational prerequisites for the following professional licensure(s) and/or certification(s) as outlined on this page of our website.

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Brandon Norris, Recruitment And Enrollment Counselor