An online reading specialist degree program can be pursued at Regent University.

M.Ed. – Reading Specialist (without endorsement)

School of Education

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Prepare to Unlock a Child's Potential Through a Reading Specialist Degree

The gift of reading opens up possibilities not yet imagined. Regent's Master of Education in Reading Specialist without endorsement is designed for those who want to accomplish a master's degree but do not want to add an endorsement to their license. Gain a balanced perspective on teaching reading so that you will be prepared in the areas of supervision, communication skills, technology, reading assessment, instruction, curriculum and research.

HONE YOUR READING SPECIALIST SKILLS

Be better equipped to teach reading to students.

WIDEN YOUR JOB PROSPECTS

Enjoy rewarding opportunities in schools and communities.

ENHANCE JOB SATISFACTION

Fulfilling your calling to teach reading is an added reward.

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Experience Regent, ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). Its programs have also been recognized among the Top 5 Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for seven consecutive years. Regent graduates are empowered to make a difference in lives, which has led to more than 850 alumni being recognized as Teachers of the Year in Hampton Roads since 2004.

Presented from a Christian worldview, this specialty degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach.

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Fully Online M.Ed.

8-Week Course Sessions

37+ Credit Hours

Online

SESSION START:

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 37+

APPROVED DEGREE PLAN: Click to download PDF

Take Your Career to the Next Level

On completing the M.Ed. – Reading Specialist degree without endorsement, you will be able to:

  • Develop reading instruction using technology and data-driven assessment tools.
  • Assess and teach reading of narrative and expository texts.
  • Understand data and research methods to improve student learning and program effectiveness.

Career Opportunities

  • Public & Private Teachers
  • Homeschool Teachers
  • Reading Tutoring

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Click any section below for additional information or access your course schedule.

2019-2020 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 9

Monday, August 26

Session M

Friday, September 13

Monday, September 23

Session B

Friday, October 18

Monday, October 28

Session C

Friday, January 3

Monday, January 13

Session T

Friday, January 31

Monday, February 10

Session D

Friday, March 6

Monday, March 16

Session E

Friday, May 1

Monday, May 11

Session F

Friday, June 12

Monday, June 22

Application Process – M.Ed. in Reading Specialist

Note: Applicants seeking the Reading Specialist endorsement must submit a copy of their current teaching license and proof of three or more years of professional PreK-12 teaching experience (by the end of the program).

Because the program includes direct contact with students in field experiences, applicants to the M.Ed. Reading Specialist program must submit a background check. Regent University’s School of Education has entered into an agreement with Certified Background/Castle Branch (CB), a private vendor that conducts background checks for many universities and educational institutions. After you are admitted into the program, you will be provided instructions on how to set up an online profile with Certified Background and request your background check. Learn more.

All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Step 1: Application & Application Fee

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Fee Waiver: Attend a graduate School of Education on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to transcripts@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Master's Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 3: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire
In lieu of the previously required writing sample, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objects with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an enrollment counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 4: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 5: Admissions Interview
If an interview is necessary, the admissions office will contact you to schedule an appointment. The interview can be conducted on campus or over the phone and typically takes about 20 minutes.

2018-19 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

$550 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

$550 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Library Orientation $50 (one-time fee)
Blackboard Orientation $50 (one-time fee)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Faculty

Dr. Hunter is the concentration chair for Reading Specialist and is committed to your success.

Dr. Elizabeth Hunter earned her B.A. in Fine Art from Old Dominion University and her M.Ed. in Special Education concentrating in MR, LD and ED at Regent University. In 2005, Hunter became a Doctor of Education in Special Education & Communications. Her doctoral studies culminated into a final dissertation that incorporated an ethnographic documentary film about the expressed opinions of young adults with Down Syndrome about their classroom placement.

Hunter is an assistant professor in the School of Education M.Ed. K-12 Special Education and Reading Specialist programs and the Ed. S. Educational Leadership with Special Education emphasis program. She has built years of experience in the field of Special Education, as well as Communication Technology especially in television and video education production. Hunter has been involved in numerous publications and presentations in her areas of expertise and holds honors and awards for her contributions to both fields.

Using her talents as a painter, photographer and production designer, Hunter has successfully worked in film and television production since 1979. She has won several awards for her contribution to television and film, one in particular an after-school special that earned her the honor and privilege to judge for the Annual Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards. She has been a voting member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1987.

Hunter currently holds appointments and positions of leadership in both fields in her church and community. She serves as the president of the Virginia Federation of Council for Exceptional Children and represents the VA CEC at the International Council for Exceptional Children Representative Assembly and Leadership sessions.

She consults with ETS in assessment development of the Special Education and the Intellectual Disabilities PRAXIS II exams. Additionally, Hunter consults privately with schools, churches and parents in the areas of exceptional disabilities especially Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities.

Hunter has expertise in instructional technology and media and enhances her on-line and face-to-face courses and publications with visual media technology. She presents her course curriculum using her skills to turn words into pictures and uses video streaming as an educational tool. She has also been instrumental in turning the hybrid courses into an online format providing content to students nationally and internationally.

Hunter pursues ethnographic research to produce educational and documentary film with content based on grounded research that is appropriate for use in higher education. She writes and produces educational articles and books utilizing instructional videos and documentary film that educate and entertain. She has embarked on the production of a documentary series and book called Waking Up with Jack, an autobiographical story that touches on how a family deals with Down Syndrome and all the things that go along with it. It is an ongoing examination of special needs students.