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MEd in Reading

Become an Innovative Reading Specialist!

Transform your career in just two years part time.

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Master of Education in Reading


In a rapidly changing society, literacy holds the key to success in the personal, professional, and civic lives of our children.

Lynchburg’s Master of Education in Reading (MEd) program prepares educators who are committed to excellence in the teaching of reading and/or serving as reading specialists at the school or district level.

In-Service Teacher Discount

The University of Lynchburg is offering a 40% tuition discount for in-service teachers enrolling in the Master of Education in Reading.

Lynchburg's MEd in Reading is the top in Virginia

Online Master's Degree ranked the University of Lynchburg's Master of Education in Reading as the 28th "Best Online Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy" in the US. This is top ranked institution in Virginia.

Ranked 1

"Best Online Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy" in Va

100% Online

The flexible path to your degree.

2 Years

Finish in two years part time while you work, or fast-track your degree full time in one year.

2 Emphases

Two options to help you get exactly what you want out of your master's degree.

This program trains teachers in reading and literature instruction, writing technology, research methodology, and in the diagnosis, assessment, and remediation of reading problems.


Learn the science of reading so you can design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based literacy instruction for diverse learners and classrooms. You'll also build leadership skills that will prepare you for your future as a literacy professional.


Our courses are aligned with the Virginia Department of Education standards, as well as the International Literacy Association. You'll work with faculty who are committed to preparing highly qualified literacy professionals and continuously improving our program in response to new research in the field of reading.  

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Choose Your Passion:

The MEd in Reading offers two emphases of study to advance your career.

  • Reading Instruction: This emphasis is designed for educators who are interested in strengthening their understanding of the field of reading in order to become experts on reading in their classrooms.
  • Reading Specialist: This emphasis is designed for educators who may want to move out of the classroom into specialized teaching of reading, to work as a literacy coach, or to move into central office director positions. This emphasis leads to a Virginia licensure endorsement as a reading specialist, with passage of the Reading for Virginia Educators Assessment.

When I wanted to further my education and become a reading specialist, Lynchburg was the only choice. In the two years it took me to get my master’s in reading, my eyes were opened to what being a reading teacher really meant and that I’m capable of so much more.

Caitlin Pugh, ’07, ’19 MEd

Reading Specialist, Robert S. Payne Elementary School

Reading Teacher of the Year, 2020 - Piedmont Area Chapter of the Virginia State Literacy Association.

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