M.Ed. in Reading Education

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Education

This program is deactivated as of 2015.

The Masters of Reading Education is an online degree program designed for PK-12 educators and focuses on literacy and language instruction across all grade levels and content areas. Literacy development, processes, instruction, and research are part of this program. The program meets the standards required by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Association of Teachers of Colleges (NCATE), and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Teachers graduating from this program are required to take the GACE Reading Specialist (parts 117 and 118) that leads to T-5 certification in Reading P-12. The M.Ed. in Reading Education has 100% pass rate on the GACE – Reading Education and holds national recognition from the International Reading Association. 


M.Ed. in Reading Education Program of Study with Course Descriptions

Dewar College of Education and Human Services Core (9 Semester Hours)

PSYC 7010

Learning and Assessment

Prerequisite: RSCH 7100. This course assists the in-service educator (teacher, administrator, coach, curriculum supervisor, etc.) to understand learning and assessment as they apply in educational settings.


READ 7100

Trends and Issues in Reading

A review of current issues and trends in literacy education. Emphasis in on the principal viewpoints on these issues, including opposing points of view.


RSCH 7100

Research Methodology in Education  

This course provides a study of methods used to conduct educational and educationally-related research and includes critical analysis of selected research articles and research design. Emphasized is the ability to use research and research methods to improve practices in educational and educationally-related settings.


READ 5999

Professional Orientation in Reading Education

(During first semester of the program – 0 credit; no cost)


Reading Education Core (18 hours):

READ 7110

Research and Theory in Reading

A review of the major research and theories in reading. Reading research findings will be applied to classroom instruction.


READ 7120

Word Identification, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction

A review of research and instructional practices in word identification, vocabulary, and spelling. Research findings will be applied to classroom instruction.


READ 7130

Comprehension and Study Strategy Instruction

A review of research related to comprehension and study strategies. Research findings will be applied to classroom instruction.


READ 7140

Methods of Teaching Writing

Methods of instructing students to write in the narrative, poetic, expository, and persuasive modes. Emphasis is placed on appropriate strategies of using the writing process; addressing the issues of form, function, and audience; employing writing as a tool to integrate curriculum; using technology appropriately to enhance writing; and assessing writing through multiple approaches.


READ 7150

Issues in Using Literature in the Classroom

An in-depth study of issues in using classic and contemporary literature in P-12 and adult literacy settings. Emphasis will be on using trade books to foster literacy development.


READ 7180

Organizing and Supervising School Reading Programs

Principles of organizing and supervising school reading programs will be reviewed. Special emphasis will be given to identifying characteristics of programs that maximize student achievement across diverse populations.


   Guided Elective


Practicum Courses (6 hours)

READ 7161

Assessment and Correction of Reading and Writing Difficulties in Grades Pk-5

Study of the nature and causes of reading and writing difficulties. Candidates will develop and conduct diagnostic assessments, interpret the results of the assessments, and plan instructional programs to address the learning needs of students in grades Pk-5.


READ 7171

Assessment and Correction of Reading and Writing Difficulties in Grades 4-12

Study of the natures and causes of reading and writing difficulties. Candidates will develop and conduct diagnostic assessments, interpret the results of the assessments, and plan instructional programs to address the learning needs of students in grades 4-12.


TOTAL Semester Hour Credits



M.Ed. in Reading Education and Reading Endorsement

Frequently Asked Questions

 1.       How long does it take to complete the online Master’s in Reading Education program?

This 12-course, 36 semester hour program can be completed in four semesters, depending upon the number of courses a student is able to successfully complete each semester. For students who are unable to enroll full-time, courses are offered on a continuous basis allowing for part-time enrollment.  The majority of the candidates take two courses per semester.

 2.       What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must have clear/renewable teaching certificates (T-4) with an overall bachelor’s degree GPA of 2.75 or higher. A student may be admitted for one semester (“Quick Admit”) by completing a VSU application and paying the fee. To continue in the program, the student must provide copies of official transcripts from every college attended and other documents noted on the Quick Admission letter. For the Reading Endorsement, students can enroll as non-degree seeking.

 3.       Is the program designed as a cohort that determines a specific order for coursework?

No, students may enter and/or complete the program during any semester.

 4.       Can required courses be taken in any order or do some courses have prerequisites?

The only prerequisite is RSCH 7100 must be taken before PSYC 7010. Every course is not offered each semester, so students must take courses according to the scheduled course offerings.

 5.       Can I transfer credit from another institution into the M.Ed. program?

A maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate coursework may be considered; credits must be less than 7 years of age at the point of completing the program. Requests for transfer credit prior to entering the M.Ed. program must be documented in the form of an official transcript during the admission process.

 6.       Is there a certification test that is required after the completion of the program?

GACE in Reading Education test (parts 117 and 118) is required for graduation and a certificate upgrade.

 7.       What is the estimated cost for tuition? 

Valdosta State tuition is $285 per credit hour or $855 per three credit course. There are additional institutional fees of $205 per semester.  Estimated cost is $11,080 for 4 semesters.  Estimated cost for the Reading Endorsement is $3080.


Contact: Dr. Brenda Dixey, Program Coordinator  229.333.5626 (office); 229.333.5611 (main office) or bpdixey@valdosta.edu

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