Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Reading Specialist

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Candice Moench
Assistant Professor of Reading Education
335 Education Building
(304) 367-4665



The mission of the Fairmont State University College of Education, Health & Human Performance is to prepare reflective and responsive educators who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to help all students learn.

Program Overview

The Reading Specialist Program at Fairmont State University provides an opportunity for currently licensed teachers to earn the credits required for the Reading Specialist Certification in an online program. The program offers the following two tracks for candidates: 

  • Masters of Education- Reading Specialist degree is a 30-credit hour online degree program that includes a Reading Specialist licensure endorsement.
  • Reading Specialist Certification (licensure endorsement only) is an 24-credit hour online program for licensed teachers who currently hold a Masters degree and would like to add a Reading Specialist endorsement.

The Reading Specialist Certification program prepares candidates to serve as Pre-K to Adult reading specialists who offer literacy leadership and work with other educators to evaluate students' reading abilities, plan assessments, and provide appropriate reading and writing instruction and support for struggling readers.  Program graduates have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve their schools and communities as resource persons and plan collaboratively and cooperatively with other professionals to offer programs for diverse populations of learners. Graduates of the Reading Specialist program are also prepared to provide leadership as they advocate for children and families, and provide professional development opportunities at local and state levels.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Submit application to the Office of Admissions. Apply online now at fairmontstateapply
  • Pay $50 application fee
  • Submit official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Submit proof of valid teaching license

Application forms can be found at graduatestudiesforms

    Once the Fairmont State Office of Admissions receives all of the required documents, your application file will be reviewed by the Department of Education.

    Application Deadlines

    • Fall Deadline: August 1st
    • Spring Deadline: January 1st
    • Summer Deadline: May 1st

    Program Cost

    Online Graduate Tuition = See Tuition and Fees Chart


    The M.Ed. Reading Specialist program is fully accredited by the International Literacy Association.

    Reading Specialist Certification Program of Study

    READ 6300: Foundations of Reading and Writing 3
    READ 6310: Teaching Reading to Special and At-Risk Learners 3
    READ 6315: Teaching Content Area Literacy 3
    READ 6320: Psychological, Sociological and Linguistic Factors in Reading and Writing Ability 3
    READ 6360: Literature and Response 3
    READ 6370: Administration and Supervision of Reading/Writing Programs 3


    READ 6330: Diagnosis and Correction of Reading and Writing Difficulties Practicum 3
    READ 6340: Literacy Coaching and Professional Development Practicum II 3


    Master Degree in Reading plus Certification Program of Study

    The M.Ed. degree may be added by completing the Certification requirements (above) and the following Graduate Core requirements:

    EDUC 6301: Research in Education 3
    EDUC 6305: Advanced Educational Technology and Media 3