Master of Arts in Literacy Education


International Literacy Association Certificate in Quality

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.  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 degree requires 30 credit hours for completion.

Admissions Requirements

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


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).



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Live Online Sessions
  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Arts in Literacy Education requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $628.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $628
3 $1,884
6 $3,768
9 $5,652

Financial Aid

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Arts in Literacy Education?

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.

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).

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

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