Reading Reimagined | Online M.Ed.

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. The program is available fully online, full-time and part-time.

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 a master’s program for both full-time and part-time students, and a professional endorsement for teachers who already have a master’s degree. To build community, the program is available fully online with some of the courses meeting synchronously 3-7 times per semester. This format provides you the opportunity to connect with your cohort and your professors while also allowing the flexibility of an online program.


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



RLL Full-time Course Carousel (pdf)

School division-specific cohorts may have a slightly different course progression.

Email Program Director, Dr. Tammy Parlier, at, if you have a question about the course sequence for a specific cohort, a question about the course carousel, or application deadlines. We continue to accept applications until the program is full.

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 an Endorsement degree, and would be an additional course for those who are Endorsement Only)
  • ELL Bootcamp is offered through Graduate and Professional Studies starting in Summer of 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 completing 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

  • A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75+ (on 4.0 scale). Options are available if you do not meet this requirement.
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts from an accredited college or university and all transcripts for subsequent coursework.
  • Resume
  • Essay, 500 words or less, addressing reasons for seeking graduate education
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a supervisor
  • Valid Virginia Teaching License or equivalent from another state

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

International Student applicants should review the international admission requirements and standards for TOEFL scores.


Early Decision: November 29 (Fall and Summer tracks)

  • Fall: July 1
  • Summer: 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,

Costs & Financial Aid

The M.Ed. Degree is 34 credits, making the cost breakdown:

$14,484 - Estimated in-state cost
$426 per credit hour

$14,824 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$436 per credit hour

The Endorsement only is 22 credits, making the cost breakdown:

$9,372 - Estimated in-state cost
$426 per credit hour

$9,592 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$436 per credit hour

Visit Longwood's Graduate student tuition estimates and hours webpage.

Visit Longwood's Financial Aid webpage.

Program Flyer

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