School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: Literacy: Reading Specialist

Reading specialists are professionals with advanced preparation and experience in reading who have responsibility for the literacy performance of readers in general and struggling readers in particular.

This concentration is a state-approved sequence of courses leading to Virginia reading specialist licensure. Coursework includes foundational knowledge, instructional and assessment strategies for individuals and groups, and preparation as a literacy coach and staff developer. Students must earn a B- or higher in all licensure coursework. Licensure also requires a master's degree, passing of the Virginia Reading Assessment, and three years of teaching under contract.

The ASTL concentrations are for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.

Experienced teachers with or without a master's degree may apply for the ASTL Master's Degree program, which includes 18 or 21 credits in the Concentration area and 12 credits in the education Core.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Concentration Courses (21 credits)

Licensure also requires a master's degree, passing of the Virginia Reading Assessment, and three years of teaching under contract. All courses must be taken in sequence

Total: 33 credits

ASTL Literacy: Reading Specialist Concentration Form (pdf)