Radford University's Master of Science degree in Reading focuses on practical and remedial skills for reading specialists. It prepares students for positions as reading teachers, reading coordinators, and reading specialists (K-12). In addition, it prepares them for advanced graduate study in Reading and related fields and for other positions where knowledge of reading is important, such as consulting for companies that publish reading materials. The program is a carefully sequenced blend of courses designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to become a confident, thoughtful and skilled reading specialist. A state approved program established in 1973, this curriculum follows the guidelines of the International Reading Association. This program offers flexible course scheduling for students who are full-time teachers. In addition, the program is structured so that the three years of experience required for state endorsement will be achieved by the time beginning teachers finish the program (based on completion of three hours during both fall/spring semesters and six hours during summer session.