Advanced Teacher Preparation Programs:

College of Education
Office of the Dean
705 Maytum Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3311 phone
(716) 673-3794 fax


Curriculum & Instruction
E268 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3701 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Language, Learning & Leadership
E262 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3702 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Literacy Education: Grades 5 - 12

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 Grades 5 - 12. 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, or literary 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

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