M.Ed. in Reading

The M.Ed. in reading provides prospective reading specialists with integrated experiences in all aspects of the reading curriculum, ranging from preschool to adult levels. This nationally-accredited and Virginia Board of Education-approved program promotes a passion for lifelong reading education, embracing literacy practices across all levels (early childhood, elementary, intermediate, secondary and adult).

Students will gain an understanding of the developmental and diagnostic processes involved in teaching reading and the language arts, and will learn to effectively plan reading and literacy instruction. Prior to graduation, students must complete a reading portfolio documenting their work in the program and related work experiences.



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


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline
  • Written essay addressing your career interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • Satisfactory GRE or MAT scores
  • At least two years of experience in a school setting, which must be in a licensed instructional personnel position for the administration and supervision concentration

Program Concentration

K-12 Reading Specialist

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.