High-Impact Master's Education

As a graduate, you'll be eligible to earn the Nevada Reading Specialist Endorsement. This degree program is fully online, with an innovative, virtual reading clinic designed to support the practicum experiences in the program.

Why a Master's of Reading Curriculum and Instruction?

The online Masters of Reading Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) degree at the University of Nevada, Reno is focused on providing K-12 teachers with research-based courses designed to address the current needs of reading teachers in schools today with a particular emphasis on reading curriculum, reading instruction, and reading assessment to meet the needs of all students in today’s classrooms.

The program provides opportunities to work with university instructors and other teachers in an online format that includes video conferences, model lessons, and a virtual reading clinic. The program’s focus on reading curriculum includes creating effective reading lessons and units based on student assessments and evaluating and adapting existing reading programs to meet student needs. Instructional practices related to guided reading instruction, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, word study, and writing are also covered throughout the program. A strong focus on reading assessment is embedded in two virtual reading clinic courses centered on teaching reading to struggling readers. The coursework also meets the requirements for teachers to obtain the Nevada Reading Specialist endorsement. The comprehensive exam is designed to support teachers as they research a reading area of their choice and apply their knowledge to their own classroom and school. This degree is 32 units for a non-thesis option with a comprehensive exam or 30 units for a thesis option degree.

For more information, please contact Dianna Townsend, Ph.D.

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Applications are Accepted Year-Round

Program Requirements

Coursework is fully online and utilizes an innovative, virtual reading clinic to accentuate the practicum experience. Students are required to develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor and committee that includes a minimum of 30 graduate credits, at least 15 of which must be at the 700-level. Students are given two track options:

  • 15 credits of core graduate coursework, 12 credits of electives in reading curriculum and instruction, and a comprehensive exam (30 total credits), OR
  • 15 credits of core graduate coursework, 9 credits of electives in reading curriculum and instruction, and a 6-credit thesis (33 total credits).

Completion Requirements for the Master's Degree include:

  1. Filing a program of study, approved by the Graduate School
  2. Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all graduate work
  3. Successful completion of a culminating comprehensive examination or project or a thesis 

Our M.Ed. will help you receive your Nevada Reading Specialist Endorsement. According to the Nevada State Department of Education, you must have the following to apply for an endorsement:

  1. A master's degree
  2. Three years of verified teaching experience in state-approved schools
  3. A valid elementary or secondary teaching license
  4. A minimum of 16 graduate hours in courses in reading, including each of the following areas:
    • Foundations of reading (EDRL 600)
    • Etiology and diagnosis of reading problems (EDRL 700)
    • Clinical practice in remediating reading problems (EDRL 701)
    • Research in reading (EDUC 770)

Admission Requirements

Our program operates on rolling admissions for fall and spring semesters. Admissions requirements include the following:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher, or 3.0 or higher for last half of degree
  • Valid elementary or secondary teaching license
  • TOEFL score for international students
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Brief resume of your educational experiences
  • Statement of goals for your master's program
  • Application form and signed dispositions form

Program Faculty

Julie Pennington
Julie Pennington, Ph.D.
Professor of Literacy Studies
(775) 682-7871
WRB 3060
Rachel Salas
Rachel Salas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Literacy
(775) 682-7872
WRB 3056
Hannah Stewart
Hannah Stewart, M.A.
Administrative Assistant for Educational Studies
(775) 682-7857
WRB 3067
Dianna Townsend
Dianna Townsend, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Literacy Studies
(775) 682-7866
WRB 3058