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On Demand


This certificate is non-credit but it does qualify for continuing education units.

RVE Prep


On-Demand - On your own schedule/at your own pace

The program is a 5 week online course that teaches the essential content needed to pass both the Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education AND Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist exams. These exams are necessary for students seeking the following endorsements as per Virginia State licensure regulations:

Early/Primary Education preK-3, Elementary Education preK-6, Special Education-General Curriculum, Special Education-Hearing Impairments, and Special Education-Visual Impairments, as well as an endorsement as a reading specialist.

Program Description:

The objective of this course is to prepare students for these exams, and, thus, the benefit this course brings to the community is in training competent professionals who are equipped with the proper skills to serve children in the above capacities. The individual benefits from this course by being fully prepared for the RVE exam.

Both of these assessments are offered by Educational Testing services. Comprehensive information about these assessments is found at:

Test content areas covered in class include: Assessment and Diagnostic Teaching, Oral Language and Oral Communication, Reading Development, Writing and Research, Specialized Knowledge and Leadership Skills, and Analysis and Integration of Specialized Knowledge and Leadership Skills. Both multiple choice and constructed-response portions of the test are covered.


5 weeks from start date. After this 5 week prep course is finished, you will still be able to go on Blackboard and access your course materials (e.g. worksheets, study materials) to study for the actual exam.

Who Should Attend:

Students who need to take and pass this test for licensure.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between different assessment and screening measures for evaluating language proficiency and reading skills, and understand their respective uses.
  2. Describe uses of assessment data to plan reading instruction.
  3. Explain and understand development of oral language and oral communication skills. Explain how to create a learning environment that is respectful of, and responsive to, linguistic and cultural diversity.
  4. Describe and understand development of phonological awareness, including phonemic awareness. Differentiate types of phonemic awareness skills, and describe relevant instructional strategies.
  5. Describe ways to promote students' understanding of concepts of print and basic phonetic principles.
  6. Describe explicit, systematic phonics instructions and specific instructional strategies.
  7. Describe word-analysis skills and vocabulary development strategies and demonstrate specific instructional strategies in this area.
  8. Describe the development of ready fluency and reading comprehension and describe relevant instructional strategies. Explain ways to promote independent reading and family community involvement.
  9. Explain reading comprehension strategies for fiction and poetry. Describe relevant instructional strategies.
  10. Describe reading comprehension strategies for nonfiction and describe relevant instructional strategies.
  11. Describe writing skills and processes.
  12. Describe how to promote students' knowledge of correct spelling, usage, and other writing mechanics. Describe relevant instructional strategies.
  13. Describe writing and reading as tools for inquiry and research and describe relevant instructional strategies.
  14. Describe and integrate specialized knowledge and skills needed to perform the role of a reading specialist.
  15. Describe leadership roles of reading specialist in organizing and supervising reading programs and promoting staff development.
  16. Integrate strategies for communicating and collaborating with all members of educational community to address goals of the reading program.
  17. Apply knowledge of elements of reading, reading instruction, and leadership skills to prepare an organized written response to a constructed response question.
  18. Apply knowledge of reading assessment and instruction to prepare an organized written response to a case study of an elementary school student.

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Program Schedule:

On-Demand - On your own schedule/at your own pace

Professional and Continuing Education Accreditation

Counselors: Regent University, is an NBCC-Approved Professional and Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

This course meets or exceeds the requirements of continuing education for counselors.

In Virginia, Regent University continuing education courses may also fulfill the continuing education requirements for counselors (LPC - 18 VAC 115-20-106), substance abuse treatment providers (LSATP - 18 VAC 115-60-116), and marriage and family therapists (LMFT - 18 VAC 115-50-96).

Sue Crosland is a K-12 coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She has been a coordinator for 11 years. Her area of expertise is K-5 literacy. She writes curriculum, develops and conducts professional development for both teachers and administrators, works with teachers and administrators to improve instructional delivery, provides training for the elementary reading specialists, coordinates the Extended Day Kindergarten Program, and conducts parent workshops.

She also has been a PALS Instructional Specialist, a classroom teacher, and a Reading Recovery teacher in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Sue is an adjunct professor at Regent University and teaches the following classes:

ETSP 584 - Reading Service Delivery, and Current Trends

ETSP 585 - Reading Research, Curriculum and Technology


GSAS 572 - Integrating Literacy Across the Curriculum K-12