Frequently Asked Questions - M.Ed. in Reading Education

Q: What are the admission requirements for the M.Ed. in Reading Education Program?

Students applying for admission to the Master's Program in Reading Education 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

  • 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.

Applications for Summer start are due by April 30 and applications for Fall start are due by Aug. 1 of that year.

Q: What is the current course of study and typical timeline for students in the program? 

The current course of study for students offers two start options: 1) Summer, or 2) Fall. Both offer a pathway to graduate in two years for students who follow 

 Summer Start Option: Students take RSCH 6101 in the first Summer of the year in which they apply to begin (Summer Year 1). Students typically take two courses per semester Fall and Spring Year 1, two courses in Summer Year 2, and  two courses per semester Fall and Spring Year 2. Graduation for most students is in Spring Year 2. Here is a typical course of study for our 33-hour online program for the Summer start option: 

Summer Start Option

Fall Start Option: Students begin coursework in the Fall of the year in which they apply to begin (Fall Year 1). Students typically take two courses per semester Fall and Spring Year 1, three courses in Summer between Year 1 and Year 2, and two courses per semester Fall and Spring Year 2. Graduation for most students is in Spring Year2. Here is a typical course of study for our 33-hour online program for the Fall start option: 

Q: Can applicants take any coursework prior to being admitted into the program?

Yes, candidates can complete enroll in up to six hours as a Post-Baccalaureate student or with departmental permission (if transferring from a different program).

Q: Is the coursework in-person or online?

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.

Q. What prerequisites regarding degrees and experience are necessary for admission to the program?

Applicants to the M.Ed. program must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university. Candidates are not required to have teaching experience, although this is recommended.

Q. Does completion of the M.Ed. in Reading lead to initial or additional teaching licenses? 

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.  

Q: What kinds of positions do graduates of the M.Ed. in Reading Education Program take?

For graduates who are already teaching, some go 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. 


For more information

Contact Dr. Bruce Taylor, Program Coordinator, at
bruce.taylor@uncc.edu