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.

Program Focus

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.

Accreditation

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).

Career Paths

Advanced PK-12 Classroom Teacher
Reading Specialist
Literacy Coach

 

English Learner Endorsement Package (ESL PreK-12 Endorsement)

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:

  • READ 520 Teaching English Learners in a Multicultural Society (which is part of the requirements for the Master's including Endorsement degree, and would be an additional course for those who are Endorsement Only)
  • ELL Bootcamp offered through Graduate and Professional Studies starting in Summer 2019

**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.**

Admission Requirements

All applicants must:

Enter the program with a valid Virginia teaching license or equivalent from another state and
have graduated from a four-year regionally accredited college or university.

Hold a minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). If you do not meet the minimum GPA, refer to the graduate catalog for General GRE test or conditional admissions options.

With your application please submit: 

  • A 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. One must be from your supervisor.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (bachelor’s +).
  • A current resume

Although not a requirement for admission, three years of classroom experience are required for all tracks in order to receive an endorsement in reading.

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Deadlines

Fall:Deadline July 1
Spring:Deadline November 10
Summer:Deadline April 1

These are suggested application submission dates. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.
Want to check if the program is full? Email us,graduate@longwood.edu.

Costs & Financial Aid

Program Flyer

View, download, and print the Master of Education with a Concentration in Reading, Literacy, & Learning (pdf) flyer.