M.Ed. in Reading Education Program

Strong literacy skills are essential building blocks for students to succeed in school, and in all aspects of their lives. For a student who can read well, the possibilities are endless! If you want to become a master teacher of reading and help students develop this critical foundation, the UNC Charlotte Master of Education in Reading Education and the Advanced Literacy Instruction & Intervention Certificate Program (ALII) equip graduates with research-based methods to be highly effective teachers.

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M.Ed. in Reading Education

The M.Ed. in Reading Education is a 33 credit-hour online program that prepares literacy leaders and qualifies most 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. The program is designed for classroom teachers, aspiring literacy specialists and others whose work involves literacy education who are interested in improving instructional programs and practices that promote literacy among all learners. Students can enroll and begin in any full term: Spring, Summer or Fall. See our Fall-Spring-Summer start sequence document for the classes students typically take depending on when they begin the program.

Current coursework includes:

  • READ 6204 Teaching Reading to ELL
  • READ 6300 Global Literacy in a Multicultural World: Genre Studies
  • RSCH 6101 Educational Research Methods
  • READ 6100 Trends and Issues in Literacy and Leadership
  • READ 6250 Emergent and Elementary Literacy
  • READ 6252 K-12 Writing Development and Instruction
  • EDUC 6254 Individualizing Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • ELED 6303 Teacher Inquiry and Data Analysis in the Elementary Classroom
  • READ 6255 Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing
  • READ 6260 Diagnostic Assessment and Instruction in Reading
  • READ 6254 Collaborative Leadership in Literacy Education (capstone course formerly numbered as READ 6474)

Early Entry to the M.Ed. in Reading Education for Undergraduates

We also have an Early Entry program for undergraduate education majors at UNC Charlotte who want to earn up to 12 hours towards the M.Ed. in Reading Education as part of their undergraduate coursework. Students can enroll and begin in any full term: Spring, Summer or Fall.

Why choose a UNC Charlotte Graduate Reading Education programs?

  • Provides K-12 teachers with skills in using data and current research on literacy to design and implement classroom literacy instruction and interventions. Our students can apply experiential requirements in their own school or classroom or community contexts, so they can apply research-based strategies in a real-world setting without having to leave their work responsibilities.
  • The coursework is totally online, which allows our students flexibility and convenience in scheduling their studies and projects around their work and other commitments. No testing (MAT and GRE) required. Students can enroll and begin both the ALII & the M.Ed. in Reading any full term: Spring, Summer or Fall.
  • Our faculty are nationally recognized, award-winning experts in the field. They have been recognized for their scholarship, excellence in teaching, community engagement and for their efforts to promote literacy at the local and national levels.
  • Our program aligns with the standards of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

For more information

Fill out our Graduate Reading Program interest form or email us at reading-programs@charlotte.edu