Who should apply?
This 33-credit program is designed for teachers with at least one year of teaching experience who would like to earn a master’s degree while also becoming eligible for the K-12 Reading Specialist license. Additional state requirements for the license beyond the master’s degree include having an initial teaching license, earning a satisfactory score on the Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist exam, and having at least three years of teaching experience under contract.
If you already have a master’s degree and are interested in completing coursework for eligibility as a K-12 Reading Specialist, please consider the Literacy: K-12 Reading Specialist, Graduate Certificate program.
Why choose George Mason?
- Mason’s literacy program has been a “Nationally Recognized” program by the International Literacy Association since 2003.
- This program can be pursued on a part-time basis and completed in three years or less.
- Several fully online and hybrid online course options are available to reduce the number of required in-person meetings and allow for flexibility in your schedule.
- Face-to-face courses are offered in the late afternoons or evenings and at all three Mason campuses – Fairfax, Arlington, and Science & Technology in Manassas – to fit best into your schedule and nearest your location.
- For an early start on the program, any student accepted for Fall admission is eligible to begin taking courses in the preceding Summer semester.
- Successful completion of this program leads to a Master of Education and eligibility for licensure in Virginia as a K-12 Reading Specialist.
Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.
Requirements: 33 credits total
- 24 credits core courses
- 9 credits elective courses
Several courses required for this program are offered in fully online or hybrid format and offerings vary by semester. Contact your advisor for more information.
These courses must be taken in sequence.
- EDRD 630: Literacy Foundations and Instruction for Diverse Populations: Birth through Middle Childhood | 3 credits
- EDRD 631: Literacy Foundations and Instruction for Diverse Populations: Adolescence Through Adulthood | 3 credits
- EDRD 632: Literacy Assessments and Interventions for Groups | 3 credits
- EDRD 633: Literacy Assessments and Interventions for Individuals | 3 credits (Co-requisite: EDRD 637)
- EDRD 637: Supervised Literacy Practicum | 2-3 credits (Must register for 3 credits) (Co-requisite: EDRD 633)
- EDRD 634: School-Based Leadership in Literacy | 3 credits
- EDRD 635: School-Based Inquiry in Literacy | 3 credits
- Choice between EDRS 590: Education Research | 3 credits OR EDSE 590: Special Education Research | 3 credits
Choose 3 of the following:
- EDAT 510: Introduction to Assistive Technology | 3 credits
- EDAT 524: Universal Design for Learning | 3 credits
- EDCI 510: Linguistics for Prek-12 ESOL Teachers | 3 credits
- EDCI 516: Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research | 3 credits
- EDCI 519: Methods of Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners | 3 credits
- EDCI 570: Teaching Young Adult Literacy in a Multicultural Setting | 3 credits
- EDSE 501: Introduction to Special Education | 3 credits
- EDSE 502: Classroom Management and Applied Behavior Analysis | 3 credits
- EDSE 517: Computer applications for Special Populations | 3 credits
- EDSE 540: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum | 3 credits
- EDSE 619: Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy | 3 credits
- EDSE 628: Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum | 3 credits
- EDSE 629: Secondary Curriculum and Strategies for Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum | 3 credits
- EDUC 537: Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners | 3 credits
- EDUC 595: Perspectives on Exceptl Tching | 3 credits
Note: Check course descriptions for prerequisites. Substitutions must be approved by your advisor.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT HOUR|
|Distance Learning Fee||$35.00|
|Mandatory Student fee||$146.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$687.00|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$887.00|
|Graduate New Student Fee||$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)|
Please Note: In addition to the tuition and fees described above, various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.
VA state residents who are eligible can apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
Your studies will provide you with a strong foundation in literacy instruction and will develop your literacy leadership and coaching skills. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on the knowledge and abilities needed to begin making a profound difference in the reading, writing, and language development of diverse learners.
Graduates of this program often find positions as reading specialists or literacy coaches in schools all over the state of Virginia. Key employers include public schools in Fairfax, Prince William, Falls Church, Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and DC.
As a Mason student, you may contact the George Mason Career Services center for more career information and counseling.
The diverse learner courses required for a MEd in Literacy Leadership for Diverse Schools can also help satisfy state requirements for an additional license in Special Education or English as a Second Language.
Literacy is also available as a specialization or secondary emphasis in the Ph.D. in Education program.
All applicants should review the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Admissions page. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.
Apply for Fall or Spring only. Any student accepted for Fall admission is eligible to take a course in the preceding summer if a required course is available.
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study (Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)
- One year of documented, successful teaching or related educational experience
- Graduate application
- Application fee
- Goals statement (750-1000 words) describing your academic and career goals related to the program that demonstrates basic writing skills
- Sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
- Two letters of recommendation from professional references targeting applicant’s teaching skills and academic abilities
If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CEHD Admissions Office at email@example.com or (703) 993-2010.