Graduate Studies

literacy

These programs lead to the ability to teach as a reading specialist, a literary coach, or as a classroom teacher.

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These degrees are intended for those interested in an advanced degree in teaching literacy in schools. The content of the program includes clinical work, action research, and opportunities to work with paraprofessionals and classroom teachers on mentoring strategies and professional development.

Candidates enroll in course work related to child/adolescent development, educational foundations, and pedagogical strategies, as well as discipline-specific content courses. All of the courses strengthen the candidates' Four Pillars of Understanding-Knowledge, Pedagogy, Diversity, and Professionalism-which in turn support the process of effective planning, instructing, reflecting, and responding. Course work and instruction are rooted in a strong foundation of research-based practices and strategies, contextual factors that influence instruction, and standards for teaching and learning. Graduate programs serve as an extension of undergraduate work and as a stepping-stone to lifelong learning.

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 required for program admission.

Admission Requirements

  • Initial certification to teach early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, or adolescence (secondary) education in the public schools of New York State or equivalent preparation.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • A completed graduate application.
  • A writing sample that describes your approach to literacy instruction and your experiences with leadership. (This can be included in the Statement of Intent).
  • Interview.  Candidates with completed application materials will be contacted by Literacy faculty for an interview.
 

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate level courses, including the following:Clinical Courses: Six (6) credit hours of Clinical courses, which are listed below, must follow the sequence as indicated.

    Majors in Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6) will work with K-6 children.

    Literacy Coach Portfolio: Contains documentation from Literacy Conference and EDU 586, EDU 613, EDU 652 and EDU 653.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to be aware of course prerequisites, the Program Assessment Plan (Transition Grid) with its required grades for passing (a grade of B or higher) EDU 583, EDU 613, EDU 653, EDU 651, and EDU 659, as well as the additional program requirements of a) Literacy Coach Portfolio, b) the New York State CST in Literacy, and c) the Program Content Assessment (PCA):

  • a) the Literacy Coach Portfolio consists of assignments from EDU 583, EDU 613, EDU 586, EDU 652, and EDU 653. The Portfolio is to be presented to the Program Coordinator before the Candidate proceeds to the Program Capstone.
  • b) before exiting the Graduate Literacy Program, each Candidate must complete the New York State Content Specialty Test (CST) in Literacy. Candidates must pass the test in order to be certified in Literacy in New York State.
  • c) because NCATE accreditation also requires a program-specific content test, a Program Content Assessment (PCA) is included in the final Proposal Assignment for EDU 651.

Literacy I Birth to Grade 6 Program Outline

  • EDU 506  Introduction to Literacy Instruction
  • EDU 570  Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction
  • EDU 579  Social Foundations of Literacy
  • EDU 652  Literacy Assessment (Assessment 1)
  • EDU 653  Diagnosis of Literacy Difficulties (Assessment 2)
  • EDU 583  Individualized Literacy Instruction (Clinic #1)
  • EDU 587  Psychological Foundations of Literacy
  • EDU 547  Children's Literature and Technology
  • EDU 613  Remediation of Literacy Difficulties (Clinic #2)
  • EDU 586  Literacy in the Content Areas
  • EDU 651  Issues & Research in Literacy (Proposal writing)

Capstone
(occurs after the completion of 33 credit hours)

  • EDU 659   Masters Thesis/Project in Literacy


Literacy II Grades 5 - 12 Program Outline

  • EDU 506  Introduction to Literacy Instruction
  • EDU 570  Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction
  • EDU 579  Social Foundations of Literacy
  • EDU 652  Literacy Assessment (Assessment 1)
  • EDU 653  Diagnosis of Literacy Difficulties (Assessment 2)
  • EDU 583  Individualized Literacy Instruction (Clinic #1)
  • EDU 587  Psychological Foundations of Literacy
  • EDU 536  Adolescent Literacies, Literature and Technology
  • EDU 613  Remediation of Literacy Difficulties (Clinic #2)
  • EDU 586  Literacy in the Content Areas
  • EDU 651  Issues & Research in Literacy (Proposal writing)

Capstone
(occurs after the completion of 33 credit hours)

  • EDU 659   Masters Thesis/Project in Literacy

 

Additional Resources

Dr. Cindy Bird, Program Coordinator
College of Education website


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