Literacy Education M.A. With Certification
The College of Education and Human Services offers a Master of Arts in Literacy Education, formerly known as Reading, online. This professional graduate program leads to pre-K through adult reading specialist certification in West Virginia. Those seeking the master’s degree will take 30 credit hours and those who have a master’s degree and only need certification take 24 credit hours. Coursework will focus on preparing specialized reading professionals in the three areas identified by the International Literacy Association. Graduates of this program may attach Reading Specialist certification to their current teaching area by passing the PRAXIS Series test.
West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This program is accredited by the International Reading Association. West Virginia University’s Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which includes undergraduate and graduate preparation programs for licensure of teachers and those in educational support areas. This includes programs not only in the College of Education and Human Services, but also several programs outside the College (Agriculture, Art, Health, Music, and Physical Education).
Applicant must have:
- A bachelor’s degree
- A 2.75 GPA
- A valid teaching certification
Provisional admission is possible with faculty approval for those with less than a 2.75.
- Apply with the online Graduate Application
- Pay graduate application fee
- Upload copy of teaching certification
- Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
One Waterfront Place
PO Box 6510
Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
electronically sent to GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu
Those without an undergraduate education degree may be asked to provide a writing sample and/or references.
|Tuition and Fees
for academic year 2018-2019
Per Credit Hour
Per Credit Hour
Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
The master’s degree program is 30 credit hours, and most students finish in two years including one summer.
The curriculum consists of the following courses:
|RDNG 620||Specialized Literacy Professional|
|RDNG 621||Reading and Writing in Elementary School|
|RDNG 622||Content Area Literacy Instruction|
|RDNG 624||Foundations of Literacy|
|RDNG 627||Developing Reading Interests|
|RDNG 640||Instructing Students Who Have Reading Difficulties|
|RDNG 682||Assessment of Reading Ability|
|RDNG 689||Intervention for Struggling Readers|
|RDNG 726||Literacy Leadership|
|Elective||Students will choose one 3 credit hour course|
Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Literacy Education M.A. With Certification degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.
Education ProfessorProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Elementary School TeacherProjected Growth: 5-9%
Middle School TeacherProjected Growth: 5-9%
Special Education TeacherProjected Growth: 5-9%
Special Education - PreschoolProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Instructional CoordinatorProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Education AdministratorProjected Growth: 5-9%
TutorProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook