Reading Education, M.Ed.

Reading Education, M.Ed.
33 Credit Hours
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Earn Your M.Ed. in Reading Education With UNC Charlotte’s Online Master’s Program

Are you a teacher looking to expand your knowledge and skills in reading education? Do you need a flexible, online program to obtain your M.Ed.?

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Education program is designed for experienced, licensed, practicing elementary, middle and high school teachers. Our flexible online master’s program allows you to obtain your M level/advanced license for teaching in the state of North Carolina.

Our online master’s program will help deepen your understanding of evidence-based reading and writing practices and gain the skills to transform student learning. You will prepare to earn your advanced K–12 reading license as you master assessment, curriculum design and diverse instructional approaches to empower all learners.

Through our online Master of Education program, you will:

  • Understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  • Use instructional approaches and materials and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning.
  • Use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective instruction.
  • Create and engage students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding and respect and that value differences and diversity in our society.
  • Demonstrate and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort.
  • Learn how to serve as a resource to educate teachers, administrators and the community.

“I would highly recommend this program to anyone who needs flexibility, who has a determination to help our struggling readers, who wants to advance in their career or maybe just wants to learn more about the reading curriculum and the science behind reading.”

– Tina Hartzell, M.Ed. in Reading Education, ’21
Educator, Cabarrus County Schools

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Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • April 30 (summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • All previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school (official transcripts required once accepted into the program).
  • Three recommendations. Applicants will provide reference contact names and email addresses through the application portal.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Applicants seeking to obtain the Master’s/Advanced competencies “M” license in K–12 reading education must hold an Initial License in any teaching field from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Teachers who do not hold a teaching license (such as those in charter or private schools) can complete this program, but must understand that our program does not lead to any type of licensure for candidates who do not currently hold a teaching license.
  • Applicants do not necessarily need to be located in North Carolina, but must work with the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) to discuss options and licensure transferability.

Our M.Ed. in Reading Education program meets the International Literacy Association (ILA) standards.


The M.Ed. in Reading Education program is 33 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The program is designed as a cohort model.  Students can complete the degree within two years/five semesters.

Phase I: Foundations of Literacy and Leadership (6 credit hours)

  • READ 6100: Current Issues and Practices in Literacy Education (3)
  • READ 6300: Global Literacy in a Multicultural World: Genre Study (3)

Phase II: Developmentally Appropriate Assessment and Instruction (21 credit hours)

  • RSCH 6101: Research Methods (3)
  • READ 6250: Emergent and Elementary Literacy (3)
  • READ 6255: Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing (3)
  • READ 6204: Teaching Reading to English Language Learners (3)
  • READ 6252: K-12 Writing Development and Instruction (3)
  • EDUC 6254: Individualizing Instruction for Diverse Learners (3)
  • ELED 6303: Teacher Inquiry and Data Analysis in the Elementary Classroom (3)

Phase III: Advanced Literacy Intervention & Leadership (6 credit hours)

  • READ 6474: Collaborative Leadership in Literacy Education (3)
  • READ 6260: Diagnostic Assessment and Instruction in Reading (3)



*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

Find more information regarding tuition and fees here ».


What Can You Do With Your M.Ed. in Reading Education?

Our online master’s program graduates go on to work for educational institutions and organizations such as:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Cabarrus County Schools
  • Gaston County Schools
  • Kannapolis City Schools
  • Blackboard
  • Discovery Education

UNC Charlotte Reading Education graduates have job titles such as:

  • Teacher
  • Assistant principal
  • Academic facilitator
  • Academic specialist
  • Development services manager

Solid salary expectations

Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics research, collects job and salary data from UNC Charlotte graduates. Lightcast reports that the average estimated salary for selected alumni of the M.Ed. in Reading Education program is $69,800.

Why UNC Charlotte?

Why Earn Your M.Ed. in Reading Education Online From UNC Charlotte?

By choosing UNC Charlotte’s online M.Ed. in Reading Education, you’ll enjoy a number of advantages, including:

  • Earn your online master’s degree in just two years (five semesters). You will average two courses per semester and complete the program in two years (including one full summer term). 
  • Experience our M.Ed. program online individually, but also as a team. You will be able to discuss classes and assignments with a group of students you come to know and respect.
  • Learn from faculty experts. Courses are taught by faculty from the Cato College of Education, which includes Dr. Bruce Taylor, whose research and teaching focus on literacy instruction and support in and out of classrooms, including the social and cultural aspects of literacy, the role of diverse texts and technologies in content-area classrooms and community-based support for literacy.