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Reading Specialist Endorsement (Reading, M.S.Ed.)

The Master's Degree program in Reading Education is designed to prepare reading practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for effective teaching of reading, the development of reading programs, and literacy coaching at the elementary and secondary school levels. The program provides an affordable and flexible option for full-time teachers to earn their master's degree, increase their salary, and gain valuable skills for strengthening reading and literacy practices in K-12 classrooms.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to conduct and disseminate research. Extensive course offerings allow the graduate student to pursue research in areas of interest, which, in almost all courses, will include intensive reviews of literature, selected field experiences in reading programs in public or private schools, and assignment to other private or governmental agencies that provide educational services to clients. Additionally, candidates also tutor children in a supervised practicum setting to gain experience in the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems and engage in a field-based reading specialist/literacy coaching experience in their local school division or school of employment.

This program leads to certification as a Reading Specialist in the State of Virginia. In order to receive certification, candidates must pass the state reading exam titled Reading For Virginia Educators (RVE), pass all coursework, and have three years experiences teaching full time with reading as a major part of that teaching.

The Reading Endorsement only is no longer offered at ODU.

The application deadline for the Fall Semester is June 1st and for the Spring Semester is November 1st.

The MSED in Reading is offered completely online, in hybrid formats, as well as face-to-face. Students are required to spend NO time on campus to participate in this program.

Reading Specialist Endorsement (Reading, M.S.Ed.)


Description


What is Reading Specialist Endorsement at ODU like?

The Master's Degree program in Reading Education is designed to prepare reading practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for effective teaching of reading, the development of reading programs, and literacy coaching at the elementary and secondary school levels. The program provides an affordable and flexible option for full-time teachers to earn their master's degree, increase their salary, and gain valuable skills for strengthening reading and literacy practices in K-12 classrooms.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to conduct and disseminate research. Extensive course offerings allow the graduate student to pursue research in areas of interest, which, in almost all courses, will include intensive reviews of literature, selected field experiences in reading programs in public or private schools, and assignment to other private or governmental agencies that provide educational services to clients. Additionally, candidates also tutor children in a supervised practicum setting to gain experience in the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems and engage in a field-based reading specialist/literacy coaching experience in their local school division or school of employment.

This program leads to certification as a Reading Specialist in the State of Virginia. In order to receive certification, candidates must pass the state reading exam titled Reading For Virginia Educators (RVE), pass all coursework, and have three years experiences teaching full time with reading as a major part of that teaching.

The Reading Endorsement only is no longer offered at ODU.

The application deadline for the Fall Semester is June 1st and for the Spring Semester is November 1st.

The MSED in Reading is offered completely online, in hybrid formats, as well as face-to-face. Students are required to spend NO time on campus to participate in this program.

Program Highlights


What makes Reading Specialist Endorsement at ODU unique?

  • 30-credit hour program (Estimated completion: 3-4 semesters)

  • Asynchronous and synchronous course formats

  • Supervised practicum (in your local school division)

  • Affordable and state-competitive tuition

  • Focus on linguistic and cultural diversity

  • NCATE/CAPE accredited

  • No GRE/MAT scores required

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Instructional Coordinators

$66,680

MEDIAN SALARY


Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

$56,800

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Virginia Beach Public Schools, Newport News public shools, Hampton City Public Schools, Norfolk Public Schools

Courses


What are some courses offered in Reading Specialist Endorsement at ODU?

READ 619:
WORD STUDY PHONICS LINGSTCS


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.

READ 680:
Reading to Learn Across the Curriculum


This class has an emphasis on advanced techniques in reading for classroom teachers who are not reading specialists. Students develop an understanding of the process of reading to learn across the curriculum including a wide variety of comprehension strategies and an understanding of the complex nature of reading throughout the disciplines. Lecture, demonstrations, development of materials, and practice in the techniques of reading for elementary and secondary classroom teachers and library media specialists are provided. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

READ 683:
Diagnostic Teaching of Reading in the Classroom


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.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Reading Specialist Endorsement at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Reading Specialist Endorsement should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Candidates seeking admission to the Reading Program must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university;

  • Have a renewable initial teaching license prior to beginning this program. In Virginia this is called a Collegiate Professional License or a Post-Graduate Professional License.

  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 in the major; (A student whose GPA does not meet this requirement may still be provisionally accepted pending the application but must make an A or A- in the first four graduate-level reading courses to remain in the program.);

For admission to the Reading Specialist Endorsement program


To apply to the program, submit an online application by June 1st for fall admission which includes:

an essay on why you would like to become a reading specialist; two recommendations from professional sources one being a supervisor (a link is available in the application); a copy of your 5-Year renewal teaching license; OFFICIAL copies of all transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework (for ODU coursework, just submit an unofficial copy for the application)


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 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.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Tuition Discounts


25% cohort tuition discount for classroom teachers

Next Steps


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Graduate Program Director


Name:

Abha Gupta


Location:

3112 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6074


For General Inquiries:

reading@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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