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The program is designed for those candidates who do not necessarily have a teaching license but want to get a master's degree in reading. The master's only program is designed to provide professional training in literacy for administrators, literacy coaches, policy makers and elementary and secondary-level teachers in private schools that do not require a teaching license. The non-licensure track is for students who are not interested in obtaining reading specialist endorsement. This track is designed for those students who seek to work in schools, institutions and agencies that do not require state licensure or certification. Many literacy specialists work outside of the traditional K-12 public school classroom. Program study may include an intensive search of the professional literature on literacy or selected field experiences in public, private or governmental reading program that provide literacy services to clients. In addition, candidates tutor struggling readers and aid in the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems. This degree does not provide a Reading Specialist Endorsement.
30-credit hour program (Estimated completion: 3-4 semesters)
Asynchronous online course format
Practicum (in your local school division)
Affordable and state-competitive tuition
Focus on linguistic and cultural diversity
No GRE/MAT scores required
Distinguished Faculty Members
Accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)
Provides an overview of the field of linguistics, the scientific study of language and word study, an approach to spelling instruction that relies on an understanding of English orthography that incorporates instruction in phonics, spelling and vocabulary. Students will learn to recognize characteristics of readers and writers at different levels of development. The course provides multiple opportunities for hands-on practice and application.
Provides classroom teachers with strategies/techniques to employ to ongoing diagnosis and remediation through the use of informal and standardized tests to select appropriate instructional strategies for pupils' existing reading capabilities.
The course is designed to infuse the teachers' competencies related to meeting the instructional needs of English language learners. The course will explore the language, culture, instruction, assessment, and professionalism in order to understand and teach linguistically diverse learners effectively.
Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in this program should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college/university;
Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.80 and an average of 3.00 in the major, preferably education;
Have two letters of recommendation from former professors, principals or educators;
Submit an essay;
Have an interview with the graduate program director;
Have official copies of all transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework and degrees sent to Graduate Admissions; and
Submit an online application, which includes an essay and recommendations, official transcripts to the MSED in Reading Education program.
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid
Students are eligible for a 25% discount if they are enrolled in graduate education courses related to PK-12 schooling and are current employees of Virginia public school divisions.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
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