Literacy Education, M.A.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission.

In addition, applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • A valid WV teaching certificate.

Program Requirements

Degree candidates follow a planned program of study and must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0. The program of study includes several assessments that are completed as candidates move through the program. A minimum of one year of teaching experience or equivalent as a long-term substitute is required by the time of program completion.

This program requires six hours of supervised practicum in CIRG 623 and CIRG 643. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in CIRG 623 Lit Facilitator Pract and CIRG 643 Tch Strug Readers Practicum and complete a series of performance assessments completed as they move through the program.  

Plan of Study

A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be on file with the Literacy Education program within 30 days of acceptance into the program. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements.

CIRG 636Developmental Reading3
CIRG 644Literacy in the Content Area3
CIRG 615Writing in Literacy Curriculum3
CIRG 653Literacy Acquisition3
CIRG 622Literacy Technology3
CIRG 637Literacy Assessment3
CIRG 654Aligning Assess with Instruct3
CIRG 643Tch Strug Readers Practicum3
CIRG 623Lit Facilitator Pract3
CIRG 621Curr Issues & Prob Reading3
Select two electives, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.6
Total Credit Hours36

This program requires six hours of supervised practicum and a series of performance assessments completed as candidates move through the program.

Additional Literacy Endorsements and Certificates for Teachers

Teachers who want to add another teaching endorsement may do so by completing the course requirements and performance assessments, and the appropriate PRAXIS II test. Applicants from states other than West Virginia should verify eligibility for added endorsements through their state's Department of Education.

The program offers two certificate programs that support literacy education.

Programs marked with an asterisk (*) may be used as endorsements for teaching reading. Programs marked with a plus sign (+) may be used as graduate certificates.

Certificate Program Admission Requirements 

Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select on the application form the certificate they wish to pursue.

*Literacy Specialist (24 hours)

Admission to this program is suspended.

*Literacy Education (18 hours)

The Literacy Education Certificate is intended for educators who hold an initial teaching license and wish to become highly qualified teachers of reading. It consists of six courses, with embedded field-experiences and leads to a reading endorsement at either the elementary or secondary level.

Admission Requirements

  1. 1. An initial undergraduate degree in education from a regionally accredited college or university; and
  2. 2. A valid teaching license

Program Requirements

CIRG 636Developmental Reading3
CIRG 653Literacy Acquisition3
CIRG 644Literacy in the Content Area3
CIRG 615Writing in Literacy Curriculum3
CIRG 622Literacy Technology3
CIRG 637Literacy Assessment3
A series of performance assessments completed as candidates move through the program.

+Family Literacy (12 hours) 


Admission Requirements

A relevant undergraduate degree, as determined by the Literacy Education program, from a regionally accredited college or university is needed for admission to the program.

Program Requirements

CIRG 653Literacy Acquisition3
CIRG 651Prin of Family Literacy3
CIRG 652Develop/Eval Fam Lit Prog3
CI 634Lang/Cog Early Childhood3