Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Reading

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

Overview - The Reading Specialist Certificate Program at Fairmont State University provides an opportunity for currently licensed teachers to earn the credits required for the Reading Specialist Certificate in an online program.  The program offers two options for candidates:  a Certificate only option for licensed teachers who currently hold a Masters degree - or - the Certificate with a Masters of Education (M.Ed.).  Program graduates earn a certificate that will enhance their teaching and also have the option or advancing their careers and salary levels by obtaining the Masters degree.

The Reading Specialist Certificate 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.

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

Certificate Only 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
EDUC 6395 Action Research in Education (Concurrent with practicum Courses) 3

Certificate Plus Master's Degree

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

EDUC 6301 Research in Education 3
EDUC 6305 Advanced Educational Technology & Media 3
ELECTIVE (3-Hour Graduate Course - Suggested list below) 3



EDUC 6809 Teaching in the New Media Age 3
EDUC 6810 Critical Media Literacy and Digital Storytelling 3
EDUC 6812 Technology, Leadership, and Change 3
READ 6325 Technology and Instruction Designed to Support Struggling Readers 3
EDUC 6814 Game Design and Learning 3
EDUC 6816 Information Architecture 3
EDUC 6303 Advanced Educational Psychology 3