Master of Education in Reading

In a rapidly changing society, literacy holds the key to success in the personal, professional, and civic lives of our children.

The MEd in Reading offers two tracks for educators who are interested in professional development: Reading Instruction and Reading Specialist.

The Reading Specialist track leads to a Virginia licensure endorsement as a Reading Specialist, with passage of the Reading for Virginia Educators Assessment.

See the curriculum at a glance for a comparison of the 2 tracks.

Dr. Susan Thompson
Dr. Susan Thompson, program director and associate professor of curriculum and instruction and reading

Our 36-hour program includes:

  • Diagnosis, assessment, and remediation of reading problems
  • Explicit reading and literature instruction
  • Writing technology
  • Research methodology

We also offer the Literacy Studies Certificate that provides four designated courses (12 credit hours) in an online format.

Research and Scholarship

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Program Director

Dr. Susan Thompson
Associate Professor of Curriculum Instruction and Reading

"Through the MEd in Reading Program, I have become a more competent educator and advocate for reading education. Classes are designed around practical experiences and involve hands-on learning of important concepts. The professors’ encouragement was the foundation of my success in the program."

Jeremy Craft '12

"As a student from St. Lucia, my MEd in reading equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate change in my country in the area of reading. Not only did I gain knowledge, but also I developed new ties. The faculty and staff at Lynchburg College became my extended family. They were very supportive and always willing to assist."

Adele St. Aimee-Wells '12