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Master of arts in
literacy education

Literacy Educator working with a student

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

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

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. 

Graduates may assume the following roles:

Literacy Educator works with students in a classroom

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

Program Contact

Dr. Allison Swan Dagen
Phone: (304) 293-4417
Location: 600A Allen Hall, Evansdale Campus

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The Literacy Education/Reading Specialist certification specialty licensure area offered at West Virginia University has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education.

The Literacy Education/Reading Specialist certification specialty licensure area is state approved and is nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association.

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