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Master of Arts in Literacy Education

Literacy Education

The nationally recognized WVU Literacy Education online master's program prepares candidates to be certified as Reading Specialists (Pre-K-Adult).

  • Classes offered 100% online, through WVU Online
  • Reading Specialist Certification (Pre-K-Adult)
  • 30 credit hours, 8-week courses
  • Flexible scheduling (multiple courses offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters)
  • School-based intervention practicum and novice literary coaching experiences may be completed in your home community , supervised remotely by WVU faculty
International Literacy Association Reading/Literacy Specialist Preparation Program's National Recognition with Distinction Badge

WVU's Literacy Education program is the recipient of the International Literacy Association's National Recognition. Read the announcement in Literacy Today. (PDF)

Ready to take the next step?

Individuals who wish to apply to be a student in the Master of Arts in Literacy Education graduate program may apply at any time during a term for admission for the next term or later. Early application is recommended, however, to allow processing time and faculty review.

Coursework will focus on preparing specialized literacy professionals in the three areas identified by the International Literacy Association: Intervention/assessment, literacy coaching and literacy program coordination.

View course descriptions for the Literacy Education program

West Virginia requires a passing score on the respective PRAXIS examination (Test #5301/164 pass rate) to become certified.

Graduates may assume the following roles:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Literacy Coach
  • Literacy Coordinator

Team Members


Allison Swan Dagen, Ph.D.

Professor, Literacy Education Program Coordinator

Aimee Morewood, Ph.D.

Professor, Literacy Education Outreach Coordinator

Courtney Shimek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

View the members of the Literacy Education Advisory Board

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants per term (based on enrollment status) to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

Learn more about the TEACH Grant