The Reading, Literacy and Learning program provides teachers the opportunity to investigate research-based theories in reading and writing, put theory into effective practice, and examine how culture impacts teaching and learning.
Our program focuses on producing competent teacher-leaders equipped to teach literacy across the curriculum within the parameters of researched-based literacy techniques and assessment.
We offer full-time and part-time master’s programs and a professional endorsement for teachers who have a master’s degree. The part-time master’s program is taught in a hybrid format providing the perfect combination of online and face to face classes.
The program is endorsed by the accreditation agency Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as well as the Virginia Department of Education Licensure Regulations for School Personnel and follows the Standards for Reading Professionals published by the International Literacy Association (ILA).
Advanced PK-12 Classroom Teacher
This option offers preparation for an English as a Second Language PreK-12 Endorsement. In Virginia, teachers are eligible for the ESL Endorsement with passing scores on the State test. RLL offers the professional knowledge needed to pass the test and effectively work with English Learners.
Preparation for the State test includes:
**All applicants must enter the program with a valid teaching license**
**You become eligible for the literacy specialist endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education upon completion of the RLL degree (Master's or Endorsement Only), passing the RVE state exam, and having at least three years of classroom experience teaching reading.**
All applicants must enter the program with a valid teaching license.
Graduate of a four-year regionally accredited college or university. - College Verification Form(pdf)
A minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). If not, either a minimum mean score on two out of three parts (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) of the General GRE test
OR a GPA of 3.5 on 6 hours of Longwood graduate courses that are part of the degree program to which the applicant is applying taken as a non-degree registrant within the last 12 months.
Personal essay of 500 words or more addressing reasons for seeking graduate education.
Two recommendations related to your competence and effectiveness in your academic and professional work.
Valid Virginia teaching license or equivalent from another state. -&Report On Experience(pdf)
Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
Although not a requirement for admission, three years of classroom experience are required for all tracks in order to receive an endorsement in reading.
No more than nine Longwood non-degree graduate hours may be counted towards a degree, certificate or professional endorsement program. Students are expected to apply to a Longwood graduate program prior to enrolling in classes. At the least, all application materials should be received before the completion of six hours.
Fall:Deadline July 1
Spring:Deadline November 10
Summer:Deadline April 1