School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd - Concentration in Literacy Leadership for Diverse Schools: K-12 Reading Specialist

The Literacy Leadership for Diverse Schools (LLDR) concentration is designed for teachers with at least one year of teaching experience who want to earn a master’s degree as they develop the expertise needed to serve as a reading specialist or literacy leader.

You can complete your degree in as little as two years. Our online and hybrid program options provide the flexibility you need to make your goal a reality!

You’ll learn:

  • How literacy develops across the lifespan.
  • Research-based literacy instructional practices and assessment strategies.
  • Leadership skills needed to serve as a Reading Specialist.
  • How to make a profound difference in the literacy development of diverse learners, including English learners or students served through Special Education programs.

Graduates can be eligible for the K-12 Reading Specialist endorsement in Virginia. Additional state licensure requirements 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 by the completion of the degree program. Some program electives can also be applied to future endorsements in English as a Second Language or Special Education.

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Required Courses (24 credits)

*must be taken concurrently

Electives (9 credits)

*Choose 3 of the following:

Note: *Check course descriptions for prerequisites. Substitutions must be approved by your advisor.

Total credits: 33

Licensure Disclosure

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.

George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.