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Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education


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The Elementary Education Program at Virginia Tech is a Master’s degree program that prepares students to become licensed elementary teachers (PK-6) in the state of Virginia. Elementary Education is a full-time program offered on the Blacksburg campus only and there are no distance learning options. Students complete extensive preservice teaching experiences in both Montgomery County and Roanoke City.




MAED in Curriculum & Instruction/Reading Specialist Program



The Reading Specialist Program at Virginia Tech is a Master’s Degree Program that prepares experienced teachers to earn endorsement in the Commonwealth of Virginia as Reading Specialists. This K-12 endorsement enables successful candidates to take positions in schools across the state. The program has received national recognition from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the International Reading Association (IRA). This program meets the high standards set by these professional organizations. Thus successful candidates must demonstrate exceptional knowledge and skills related to reading and writing instruction, as well as a broad understanding of literacy.

Ph. D. or Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (PK-6)

The Elementary Education faculty offer a doctoral degree program in Curriculum and Instruction. This Ph.D. or Ed.D. program can include emphasis/specialization in: (a) Elementary Education PK-6, (b) Reading/Literacy, and/or (c) Teacher Education. Students are prepared for teaching and research positions in academic environments such as colleges, universities and school districts. The Literacy and Elementary Education Doctoral Programs provide a context for graduate education that is rigorous, collegial, and cooperative.