Literacy Education M.A. With Certification

May 13, 2019
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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.


The Literacy Education/Reading Specialist certification specialty licensure area has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education and is nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).


Applicant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A 3.0 GPA
  • A valid teaching certification

Provisional admission is possible with faculty approval for those with less than a 3.0.

Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • 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

Those without an undergraduate education degree may be asked to provide a writing sample and/or references.


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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.


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The curriculum consists of the following courses:


Required 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

Career Information

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 Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Elementary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Middle School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Special Education Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Special Education - Preschool

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Instructional Coordinator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator

Projected Growth: 5-9%


Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).