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What our graduates say about our programs

   May 24, 2022

The M.Ed. in Reading Education and Advanced Certificate in Literacy Instruction & Intervention programs equip educators to meet the challenging literacy and learning needs of students in and out of schools. But don't take our word for it. Here's what recent graduates have said about these programs:

  • The program has better equipped me as a current literacy teacher and a...

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Cato COED Literacy Summit a Success

2022 Literacy Summit a Success
   May 13, 2022
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Congratulations Reading Grads!

24 M.Ed. in Reading students graduate in May 2022
   May 3, 2022

CONGRATULATIONS to our 24 students graduating this May, 2022 with their Masters of Reading Education

We are excited to celebrate the success and achievement of:

  • Maribeth
  • Alexus
  • Michelle
  • Jenn
  • Kim
  • Casey
  • Ryan...

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Cato College of Education hosts Literacy Summit on May 8

Register for May 8 Cato COED Literacy Summit
   April 26, 2022

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Read Charlotte is hiring two Literacy Facilitators

Read Charlotte hiring Literacy Facilitators
   February 23, 2022

Read Charlotte is looking for two Literacy Facilitators to help us support community partners in implementing evidence-based literacy programs and practices. The facilitators will work with organizations of various types and sizes on training, coaching, and implementation, with the goal of transforming early literacy outcomes.

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Masters of Reading Spring 2022 Update

Masters of Reading Update - Spring 2022
   February 9, 2022

The Master's of Reading Education program has grown over the past few years and currently has 48 students enrolled (as of January 2022) with approximately 25 expected to graduate in May 2022. Most students in the 33-hour M.Ed. in Reading program move in a cohort taking two courses (6 hours) per semester and take two years to complete. Student feedback about the program from graduates provides...

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2022 Graduate Reading Program Zoom Sessions

Reading Program Zoom Sessions
   February 7, 2022
The Graduate Reading Programs at UNC Charlotte provide greater expertise in reading and literacy education for educators in and out of schools. Our literacy certificate and Masters of Reading Education programs provide educators with the tools they need to better meet the literacy and learning needs of K-12 students and to advance their careers in and beyond the classroom. 
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FAQs

Admissions requirements and deadlines for M.Ed. in ALII?

Students applying for admission to the Advanced Literacy Instruction and Intervention AND the M.Ed. in Reading Education programs must have: 

  • A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA of at least 3.00 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school).
  • An online application through the Graduate School’s application system for the M.Ed. in Reading (not required for the Certificate)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Transcripts of all college coursework attempted
  • Official and satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if English is not the applicant’s native language and he or she has not earned a post-secondary degree from a U.S. institution
  • Standardized test scores are NOT required for admission  (e.g., GRE, GMAT, MAT). Test scores may be submitted as an option by applicants to provide additional information or supplement their application.

Students applying for admission to the M.Ed. in Reading Education are required to have all the of above PLUS:

  •  Three professional recommendations (submit names and emails, the Graduate School sends out a form, no letter writing required)

Application Deadlines

Applications for the M.Ed. in Reading Education Summer start are due by April 30 and applications for Fall start are due by Aug. 1 of that year. Applications for the Early Entry and the Advanced Literacy Instruction & Intervention Certicate (ALII) are accepted any time for admissions Fall, Spring or Summer. 

Are programs online or in person?

Our undergraduate programs like the Minor in Reading Education are in-person and the majority of courses are face-to-face. 

The M.Ed. in Reading and the Advanced Literacy Instruction & Intervention Certificate are both fully online. Courses are delivered in the Canvas learning management system with some instructors also using video meetings through platforms like Zoom. Early Entry students take master's level courses which are online. 

Coursework for the Ph.d. program varies with a mix of face-to-face and online. 

What about Scholarships & Grants?

We encourage students to apply for scholarships and grants through the Niner Scholarship Portal

There are two grants we encourage applicants and students to check out. 

  • The TEACH Grant is a federal grant designed to encourage highly qualified teachers to serve in low-income schools in high-need fields.  It requires a service agreement with the potential to convert grant monies paid to a student loan. The federal Department of Education has a website with information about TEACH grants. 
  • Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides administration for the program. For the 2022-2023 academic year the approved degree programs and approved institutions can be found via the Scholarship Resource Section. 
 

What about teaching certifications?

Successful completion of the minor, along with a passing score on the Praxis 5206 exam, will lead to a recommendation for a North Carolina add-on K-12 license in Reading.

The M.Ed. in Reading Education program qualifies graduates who hold a North Carolina professional educator's license for an Advanced North Carolina K-12 Reading Education license at the master's level. Graduates from the program who do not have a professional educator's license can earn the M.Ed. in Reading degree but will not be eligible for licensure at any level. 

The Advanced Literacy Instruction and Intervention Certificate does not lead to any teaching certifications nor does the Ph.D. programs in Curriculum & Instruction.

What are career options for graduates?

The Minor in Reading Education program is designed for students already seeking initial licensure in another content area who wish to gain expertise in reading methods in the K-12 public school setting. The minor provides additional expertise in reading and literacy adding to the employablity of our graduates. 

Many of the graduates with the M.Ed. in Reading Education who are already teaching move into teacher leader roles such as grade-level lead teachers or subject area chairperson while others become Reading Specialists or Literacy Coaches who work with teachers to improve literacy instruction through coaching, modeling, co-teaching and leading professional development. Some literacy specialists work with students in pull-out groups to support their literacy advancement. We now accept students who are not classroom teachers and do not have an initial teaching license and for those outside of the school setting there is a range of possibilities including tutoring and working with non-profits that serve children through out-of-school programs during the summer or after-school. 

Graduates with from the Reading Strand of the Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. program have a variety of career paths with many successfully entering academia in tenure-track positions while others move into leadership positions in school districts. 

What are graduates saying about the programs?

Here’s what graduates have said about the Graduate Reading programs and its impact on their work as educators:

  • The program has better equipped me as a current literacy teacher and a future literacy leader. It has provided me with the opportunity to reflect on my own teaching practices and also practice first-hand new literacy research and strategies through case studies and projects. I have been able to grow in my confidence as a literacy leader and feel better equipped to support and lead my colleagues.  --2021 graduate

  • Looking at data and making data-based decisions as guided by the assignments of this program helped me target students' needs in my current classroom. The way this program was designed helped me see my path as an educator going forward. --2021 graduate

  • The program has better equipped me as a current literacy teacher and a future literacy leader.  It has provided me with the opportunity to reflect on my own teaching practices and also practice first-hand new literacy research and strategies through case studies and projects. --2021 graduate

  • This program allowed me to explore so many aspects of literacy from K-12 and has allowed me to offer more differentiation to my students and make my classroom a more equitable learning environment for every individual in my classroom. --2019 Graduate 

  • I live and work in a rural school in Southeastern Illinois. Many of my students are significantly behind in reading and writing...and through the online Reading M.Ed. program at UNC Charlotte I gained knowledge in diagnostic assessments and evidence-based approaches to develop differentiated and targeted approaches to reading instruction that would reach my students where they are.  --2019 Graduate

  • During my experience at UNC Charlotte, I developed close relationships with the faculty and classmates. To this day, I continue to seek input and advice from classmates in the M.Ed program when faced with professional challenges. The knowledge and skills I obtained from the program opened many doors for me professionally. -- 2015 Graduate

What are the degree and work requirements for M.Ed. & ALII Certificate?

Applicants to the M.Ed. and ALII Certificate programs must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university. Candidates are not required to have teaching experience, although teaching or work with K-12 students in literacy in our out of schools is highly recommended.

What are the estimated program costs?

Programs costs depend on your residency status which is determined the State of North Carolina. Below is an estimate of costs for our M.Ed. in Reading Education and our Advanced Literacy Instruction & Intervention Certificate programs as of Feb. 2022: 

ALII Certificate

Resident:

  • $280.34 per credit hour
  • $3,364.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $521.29 per credit hour
  • $6,256.00 est. program cost

Master's of Reading Education

Resident:

  • $280.34 per credit hour
  • $9,252.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $521.29 per credit hour
  • $17,203.00 est. program cost

What is the sequence of courses for the Masters and Certificate programs?

M.Ed. in Reading Education Course Sequence

The master's program is a cohort model that takes two academic years to complete from Summer/Fall of one year with graduation in Spring of the second full year for most students. The current course of study for students in the masters offers two start options: 1) Summer, or 2) Fall. Both offer a pathway to graduate in two years for students to follow. We strongly encourage students starting the program to begin their first summer taking one or two courses. This lightens the courseload during the second Summer from 9 hours to 6 or 3 hours. 

The courses for the master's include:

Summer (taken first or second summer, typically)

  • READ 6204 Teaching Reading to ELL
  • READ 6300 Global Literacy in a Multicultural World: Genre Studies
  • RSCH 6101 Educational Research Methods

Fall 

  • READ 6100 Trends and Issues in Literacy and Leadership
  • READ 6250 Emergent and Elementary Literacy

Spring

  • READ 6252 K-12 Writing Development and Instruction
  • EDUC 6254 Individualizing Instruction for Diverse Learners

Fall 

  • ELED 6303 Teacher Inquiry and Data Analysis in the Elementary Classroom
  • READ 6255 Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing

Spring (final term)

  • READ 6260 Diagnostic Assessment and Instruction in Reading
  • READ 6474 Collaborative Leadership in Literacy Education

 

We develop an Early Entry plan that is individualiized for each of our undergraduates who begins the Masters program while an undergraduate so early entry students do not follow the cohort sequence. 

Advanced Literacy Instruction & Intervention Certificate Course Sequence

Students in the 12-hour certificate program take READ 6250 or READ 6255 and three other READ courses: ​

  • READ 6250 Emergent and Elementary Literacy or READ 6255 Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing -- take one based on the grade level(s) you work with
  • READ 6252 K-12 Writing Development and Instruction 
  • READ 6204 Teaching Reading to ELLs
  • READ 6260 Diagnostic Assessment and Instruction in Reading    

All coursework in the Advanced Literacy Instruction & Intervention Certificate can apply towards the M.Ed. in Reading Education at UNC Charlotte for students who wish to go beyond the certificate and earn their master’s degree. 

Students may start the ALII Certificate any term--Spring, Summer or Fall. The program requires three semesters or one academic year to complete. 

Link to our Current Course Sequence for Master's and Certificate Programs

Here is a link to the current course sequence for our M.Ed. in Reading Education and ALII Certificate programs.