The Master of Arts in Literacy Education (formerly M.A. in Reading) is a professional graduate program leading to PreK-adult reading specialist certification in West Virginia. Designed for individuals who wish to obtain a graduate degree and PreK-Adult Reading Specialist certification in West Virginia, the complete program is available to teachers throughout the state through distance education combined with individualized, on-site internships and practica in school or clinical contexts. The distance education is combined with on-site experiences in respective locations. The distance education courses are available through WVU Online and Extended Campus.
Graduates may attach Reading Specialist certification to their current teaching area. (Graduates must also pass the PRAXIS exam required for certification.) They will be prepared to assume reading specialist roles in elementary or secondary classrooms, Title I contexts and in other school leadership opportunities.
Course Delivery OptionsOnline
Program Application Requirements3 Letters of recommendation, Sample of Academic Writing
Fall DeadlineRolling Admissions
Spring DeadlineRolling Admissions
Admissions Requirements3 Letters of recommendation, Sample of Academic Writing
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.