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 30 credit-hour program that qualifies most graduates for the Masters/Advanced competencies “M” license in K-12 reading education. The program is designed for experienced, licensed teachers in any field and any grade level who are interested in improving instructional programs and practices that promote literacy among all learners.  

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

  • The coursework is totally online, which allows our students flexibility and convenience in scheduling their studies and projects around their work and other commitments.

  • 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 meets 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 conduct clinical 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 making a presentation at the North Carolina Council of the International Reading Association 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.

Student Opportunities

The Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) is an information and student success resource for current and potential teacher candidates. Their staff provides a variety of services such as: information on (and preparation resources for) testing required for program admission and teacher licensure, verification of program completion for teacher licensure, guidance surrounding the teacher licensure application process, and information on campus resources and scholarships/loans for education students.

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 University Career Center provides services, programs, and support for students and alumni. Services include such options as an Education Career Fair held each spring semester, individual appointments with career advisors and the Hire-A-Niner online job and internship database. Southern Teachers Agency is a free placement service that helps recent graduates in their search for education jobs in PK-12 private and independent schools around the South.

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. Faculty have authored multiple books such as Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum, now in its 12th edition. 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. Facultys member created the ReadWriteServe community outreach and engagement programs serving more than 4,000 K-12 students with over 2,000 trained tutors in Charlotte Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Alamance, Cleveland, and Columbus counties. Our professors serve as literacy consultants for Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding school systems. Others work in professional organizations by leading committee work, acting as journal editors and serving on grant review boards.

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.