Literacy Education: Birth to Grade 6
Department of Language, Learning, and Leadership
Overview, Description and Purpose of Program
This graduate level program in literacy consists of 36 credit hours clustered into
topics of foundations and theory, research, assessment, methods, a practicum experience,
and a capstone project. It leads to an academic degree of Master of Science in Education:
Literacy Birth to Grade 6. Earning this degree fulfills the Masters degree requirement
for NYS Professional Certification, plus it can also leads to New York State Initial
Teaching Certification in Literacy. The purpose of this program is to produce teachers
who have the knowledge and ability to work as reading specialists, literacy coaches,
or informed classroom teachers.
One value of this graduate level program in literacy is the small yearly cohort size.
Candidates are able to receive individualized mentoring from a dedicated group of
experienced teacher educators. Two unique features of this program are the Literacy
Coach Portfolio and the Practicum experience. The Portfolio enables Candidates to
document their experiences and abilities performing as Reading Specialists and Literacy
Coaches for peers, paraprofessionals and classroom teachers. The Practicum experience
occurs in the SUNY Fredonia Reading Clinic; an after-school Clinic held right on Campus
in our teaching and observation facilities.
Admission and Program Requirements
Requirements for admission to the Graduate Literacy Program without deficiencies include
an Initial Certification to teach Early Childhood, Childhood, or adolescence education
in the public schools of New York State or equivalent early childhood, elementary,
or secondary preparation; an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above; and a completed Application
Form including two current (within six months) letters of recommendation that address
the Applicant’s academic and teaching abilities, official academic transcripts from
all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except SUNY Fredonia), and a writing
sample of not more than 2000 words that describes the Applicant’s approach to literacy
instruction and experiences with leadership.
Advising Sheet and Program Requirements