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Reading, Literacy & Learning Professional Endorsement

The Reading, Literacy and Learning professional endorsement program is designed for teachers who have a Master’s degree. It 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 goal is to produce competent teacher-leaders able to teach reading and writing across the curriculum within the parameters of research-based literacy techniques and assessments.

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Admission to this professional endorsement is on the same basis as admission to the Master of Education in Reading, Literacy, and Learning with the addition that applicants must hold a master’s degree.  Applicants entering must possess a valid Virginia Postgraduate Professional License or equivalent from another state.

Students interested in pursuing licensure as a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach in the Commonwealth of Virginia are advised to obtain and adhere to the regulations of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE, select "Regulations' from the bottom of the page) and to work with their school division’s personnel department to determine eligibility. 

In addition to completion of this approved graduate level program, the VDOE requires passing scores on the RVE: Reading Specialist Assessment and at least three years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of literacy is an important responsibility.  Students should not attempt the RVE: Reading Specialist Assessment prior to completion of READ 660-Evaluation and Applied Practicum in Emergent/Early Literacy; READ 670-Evaluation and Applied Practicum in Intermediate/Adolescent Literacy; and READ 680-Developing Literacy Leaders.



For complete admissions information and forms, please visit the admissions pages of the College of Graduate & Professional Studies website.


Program Requirements

  • READ 510 Preventing Reading Difficulties (3)
  • READ 560 Developing Writers (3)
  • READ 620 Words Study: Phonics, Spelling, and Language Structure (3)
  • READ 650 Evaluation of Literacy Research (3)
  • READ 660 Evaluation and Applied Practicum in Emergent/Early Literacy (3)
  • READ 670 Evaluation and Applied Practicum in Intermediate/Adolescent Literacy (3)
  • READ 680 Developing Literacy Leaders (3)
  • READ 691 Professional Portfolio (1)

Total Hours Required: 22



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.


Program Coordinators

Wendy Snow

Dr. Wendy M. Snow

Assistant Professor
217 Hull


Angelica Blanchette 

Dr. Angelica D. Blanchette

Assistant Professor
219 Hull


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