Literacy (Reading)


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

Graduate Admission

All applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and to show evidence of personal and professional qualities which indicate a potential for success in the Graduate Program in Reading.


M.Ed. and Reading Specialist Certification Students

  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 calculated on the last 48 credits earned and a minimum grade point average of 2.8 for all undergraduate courses.
    • For students who already possess a masters degree, the graduate grade point average will be considered instead of the undergraduate grade point average.
    • If undergraduate grade point average (on last 48 credits earned) is less than 3.0, scores from the Graduate Records Examination or the Miller Analogy Test are required.
  • Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. A copy of this certificate must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office when applying for admission.
  • Two letters of professional recommendations indicating a record of competence and effectiveness in professional work.

Students From Other Graduate Programs At West Chester University

  • A student wishing to transfer to the Graduate Program in Reading from another graduate department at West Chester University should formally request the transfer on an appropriate form available in the Graduate Office. After a review of the student's file by both the Graduate Office and the Graduate Reading Coordinator, the student will be informed by the Graduate Office of the decision made regarding his/her transfer. Previous acceptance by another department does not necessarily assure admittance into the Graduate Reading Program. Transfer students must meet the same requirements as above.

Applicants Without An Instructional I Certificate

  • The applicant who wishes to work for PA Reading Specialist Certification but does not possess a PA Instructional I Certificate must make his/her own arrangements for completing a certification program before enrolling in the Graduate Program in Reading. West Chester University offers such programs. For information regarding them, an applicant should contact the graduate coordinator of the Elementary Education, Special Education, or Secondary Education Departments.

Applicants Seeking Professional Growth Courses (not M.Ed. or Reading Specialist Certification)

  • Applicants who wish to take courses as part of professional growth, i.e. non-degree students, must meet the same admission requirements as those seeking M.Ed. or Reading Specialist Certification.


  • The applicant to the Graduate Program in Reading (M.Ed. and/or Reading Specialist Certification, or Professional Growth) should:
    1. Submit a completed application to the Graduate Office. Application forms are available in the Graduate Office (610) 436-2943 or online at
    2. Arrange to have two complete undergraduate transcripts and proof of a degree sent to the Graduate Office. The transcripts should include the cumulative grade point average of all undergraduate work. If the applicant has already received a master's degree, graduate transcripts should be sent as well.
    3. Submit a copy of your goal's statement
    4. Submit a copy of his/her PA Instructional I Certificate to the Graduate Office.
    5. Submit 2 letters of professional reference

Application Deadline

  • West Chester University requires that all applications and accompanying material be received in the Graduate Office no later than April 15 for the fall semester, October 15 for the spring semester, or thirty days prior to summer registration. It is possible to take up to nine credits of course work for professional growth before being formally admitted to the graduate program. The nine credits, if acceptable, would apply to the reading program after acceptance.

Notification of Admission

  • After completion of all admission requirements, an evaluation of the applicant's credentials will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student will then receive written notification of his/her credential evaluation and admission status from the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Formal Admission to Reading Specialist Certification Program

  • Formal admission to the Reading Specialist Certification Program is accomplished by original acceptance into the M.Ed. or Reading Specialist programs.
  • Candidates for the PA Reading Specialist Certification must meet the above entry requirements to the program.
  • Candidates must file a form in the Certification Office of WCU listing required courses for certification.