Master of Education in Reading Education

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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 is right for you.

The M.Ed. in Reading Education is a 33 credit-hour program that 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.

What graduates are saying about the M.Ed. in Reading at UNC Charlotte


Here’s what graduates of our program say about the program and its impact on their work as educators: 

  • 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. I have been able to share this knowledge to better support my colleagues in applying these strategies in all subject areas, allowing us to help more students on their literacy journey. --Liz Boliek, 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 while I have always been able to motivate and inspire them, I wondered if I was doing enough to build and develop these skills in meaningful ways. 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. I am more intentional about the kinds of decisions I make regarding instruction, and I am a stronger leader in my school. I feel certain I am becoming the teacher my students need. --Katie Kiser, 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. I was considered a leader in my field, approached to become team leader at my school and given the opportunity to departmentalize and loop with my students due to my demonstrated ability to impact student achievement in reading. My leadership experiences combined with subject knowledge in reading helped me obtain a literacy facilitator role and then pursue an Ed.D in School Administration at UNC Charlotte. --Courtney Stallmann, 2015 Graduate
     

Why choose the UNC Charlotte M.Ed. in Reading Education?

  • Provides K-12 teachers with skills in using data and current research on literacy to design and implement classroom literacy instruction and interventions.

  • The coursework is totally online, which allows our students flexibility and convenience in scheduling their studies and projects around their work and other commitments. Beginning with Fall 2020 applications, MAT and GRE testing is no longer required.

  • 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. They are mentors for our students not only in coursework but also in writing grant proposals and in the research process.

  • Our program aligns with the standards for The International Literacy Association (ILA), a global advocacy and membership organization of 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 78 countries. The ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.

  • Our students can apply experiential requirements in their own school or classroom, so they can apply research-based strategies in a real-world setting without having to leave their teaching responsibilities.

  • All teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  

  • The University is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the Southeastern USA, offering a wide range of resources and opportunities to help graduate students succeed.

Coursework and field experiences

Structured theory-to-practice experiences that allow students to apply coursework in classroom settings and analyze P-12 student learning. These experiences broaden their ability to help all students learn, including children with exceptionalities and students from diverse ethnic/racial, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic groups. Classroom experiences often take place in the student's own classroom but can also take place in multiple settings such as neighboring schools or districts, day care centers and after-school programs, alternate youth centers, or in the schools in which the candidates work.

As part of their capstone requirement, candidates demonstrate leadership and expertise by creating a leadership project and presenting at a professional conference or in your school or district or similar professional setting. This opportunity allows them to share their knowledge of research and best practices with the professional community.

Career Options

M.Ed. is designed for classroom teachers who want to implement research-based practices and be a literacy leader in their school. Our graduates have become literacy facilitators, literacy coaches/mentors, reading coaches, and curriculum specialists.  Completion of the M.Ed. can also better prepare teachers to apply for National Board Certification. Other graduates have become assistant principals and principals. Graduates may choose to pursue a doctoral program which prepares them for leadership positions within their school or district.

The Center for Graduate Life provides the support and sense of community students need to meet the challenges they will face throughout their graduate experience. The Center offers workshops on topics like grant writing, presentation skills, publishing in scholarly journals, and understanding the academic job search. Virtual workshops are available online on subjects such as graduate academic writing and research writing at the graduate level.

The Student Services Online Backpack website features links to help connect our students with beneficial online services. This website provides information about such areas as career center services, writing resources, library services and how to set up your student account in “Canvas” which is the learning platform used for distance learning classes.

Learn from Outstanding Faculty

Our faculty members are involved in cutting-edge research resulting in articles which have appeared in some of the leading research journals in the field including: The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Reading and Writing Quarterly,  and Literacy Research and Instruction Journal. Professors have also been recognized for their teaching, research and student mentoring by receiving the Bank of America Early Reading Research Fellowship, College of Education Teaching Award, Harshini da Silva Award for Mentoring and First Citizen’s Bank Award for Scholarship to name a few. Click here to learn more about our faculty accomplishments. Our faculty also work in schools and community agencies to improve literacy in our local community and across the state. 

Are you ready to help students develop strong literacy skills? If so, click here to learn more about the requirements for the Master of Education in Reading Education,  graduate student financial aid and the graduate application process.