Literacy (Reading)


Literacy Office
108B Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: 610-436-2877
FAX: 610-436-3102

Graduate Reading Programs


Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Reading

The M. Ed is designed to prepare practicing and prospective teachers who are committed to improving reading achievement of all students, supporting or coaching teachers and leading the school reading program.

The M. Ed. Program is IRA, NCATE and PDE accredited.

For more information on what reading specialists do, click here.

Graduates of the program will know how to:

  • Teach reading, writing and related language arts in a variety of educational settings
  • Teach with an awareness of learning differences, including social, cultural, linguistic and cognitive
  • Provide diagnostic- instructional intervention programs for individuals who experience difficulty learning to read and to write
  • Provide leadership and direction in organizing, managing and evaluating literacy programs

Our Programs

Master of Education in Reading & Reading Specialist Certificate. This 36-credit master’s program is designed to prepare reading specialist/literacy coaches whose goal is to improve reading achievement in their assigned schools. It prepares students to

  • develop, lead  and evaluate the schools or districts pre-K-12 reading and writing program
  • work with readers who struggle with reading and literacy tasks and provide intensive and supplemental literacy instruction at all level in pre-k-12 settings
  • provide leadership, coaching and professional development for a schools or districts literacy program

For course requirements and curriculum, please click here.

Reading Specialist Certification ONLY.
This 30- credit program overlaps the M.Ed. so that students who are working toward an M.Ed. in reading take the 30 credits required for the reading specialist certification. Upon successful completion of the 30 credits, the comprehensive examination, and the Praxis exam for reading specialists, students are recommended for Pennsylvania certification as reading specialists. For course requirements and curriculum, please click here.

Literacy Certificate. For students who are not seeking either an M.Ed. or reading specialist certification, we offer an 18-credit literacy certificate. This program gives students a coherent graduate program in teaching literacy. For course requirements and curriculum, please click here.

Program Highlights

  • Our program reflects a balanced approach to literacy instruction.
  • A central theme of the program is that classroom instruction must be based upon assessment of individual student strengths and needs.
  • In-depth study of word recognition, comprehension, children’s literature, multicultural issues, literacy across the curriculum, and assessment help our students gain the expertise they need to work with students, parents and teachers.


The literacy faculty is a diverse group of teacher- scholars who are committed to advancing the profession through their teaching, writing, speaking, and leadership in professional organizations. Faculty members have experience teaching and working at the elementary and secondary levels in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Many faculty members maintain their ties to K- 12 classrooms through their research, field work and consulting. You may obtain a complete listing of the faculty, their academic qualifications, and areas of interest by clicking here.



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Student Testimonials

Admission Requirements

Application Procedures

Act 48 Credit

Students who wish to earn Act 48 credit for courses completed at West Chester University can do so online at Request for ACT 48.