Literacy, M.S. Ed.



These degrees are intended for initially certified teachers interested in an advanced degree in teaching literacy to children from birth to grade 12. The content of the degree programs include extensive assessment training, field-based practicum, and a literacy capstone project of the students' choice.

Candidates enroll in course work related to child/adolescent literacy development, literacy theory, and pedagogical strategies for providing literacy intervention to struggling readers and writers. All of the courses strengthen the candidates' knowledge of the Four Pillars of Understanding -- Knowledge, Pedagogy, Diversity, and Professionalism; in turn, these Pillars support the educational 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.

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 related to National Accreditation.

Literacy Education Course Outline 

EDU 513 Literacy in the Content Areas
EDU 552 Introduction to Literacy Assessment
EDU 570 Understanding Research
EDU 574 Multi-Cultural Children’s Literature & Tech
EDU 576 Field Practicum
EDU 579 Foundations of Literacy
EDU 583 Literacy Interventionist Practicum I
EDU 613 Literacy Interventionist Practicum II
EDU 623 Advanced Literacy Assessment
EDU 628 Reading Specialist Practicum
EDU 651 Issues in Research -Proposal     

EDU 659 Thesis Capstone



Initial certification* to teach early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, or adolescence (secondary) education in the public schools of New York State or equivalent** preparation (* initial certificate must be in one the NYS "base" certification areas) (**equivalent includes teaching certificate from another US state or international certification to teach content area subjects or grade levels in the English Language)

Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or above. (Starting Fall 2015)

GRE scores submitted. (Starting Fall 2015)

DASA Training completed

Two Letters of Recommendation (prefer one from former professor/instructor and one from cooperating/supervising teacher).

An interview. Candidates with completed application materials will be contacted by Literacy faculty for a (telephone) interview.

For non-native English speakers, TOEFL* non-aggregated minimum scores of reading 22, listening 22, speaking 26, writing 24 (total minimum TOEFL score 94) (*IELTS scores of approximate equivalence: reading 6.5, listening 6.5, speaking 7.0, writing 7.0). (TOEFL 94 = IELTS Overall Band Score 7.0).

A completed graduate application.

Conditional Admission may be granted if some of these requirements are "in process" but not yet complete.



    Abigail Gloss
    Program Coordinator

    Department of Language, Learning & Leadership Website


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