Reading Education, M.Ed.

Reading Education, M.Ed.
33 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Program Tabs


The M.Ed. in Reading Education is a 33-credit-hour program that qualifies most graduates who hold a North Caroina professional educator’s license for an advanced North Carolina K-12 Reading Education license at the master’s level.

The program prepares graduates who:

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

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 


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.
  • For candidates who will apply for the North Carolina "M" license, a North Carolina "A" license (Standard Professional 1 [SP1] Professional Educator's License) in any teaching field from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is required. Candidates who do not hold an initial teaching license do not earn a teaching license upon completion of the program but do earn the degree.

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
  • $9,531.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $17,720.00 est. program cost

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $36,241.00 est. program cost