Literacy Education, M.S.
Evelyn O’Connor, Program Director
Harvey Hall, Room 217
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(36 or 42 credits)
This program is designed to offer an integrated, theoretically grounded view of literacy and literacy learning that addresses the needs of students and educators in diverse communities. We facilitate rigorous scholarship and research, contextualized learning and service in school and community settings, and opportunities for critical reflection on the role of literacy in society and our responsibilities as educators. This program is designed to enhance the professional preparation of classroom teachers as literacy specialists and to prepare them for leadership roles. Completion of the program will lead to New York State certification as a Literacy Specialist.
This program will enhance the professional preparation of classroom teachers, interventional literacy teachers, clinicians, supervisors, and directors or coordinators of literacy in school districts. Those candidates completing the program of study will be recommended for certification as a literacy specialist, for either a) birth through grade 6 and grade 5 through grade 12 (42 credits); b) birth through grade 6 (36 credits); or c) grade 5 through grade 12 (36 credits). As a part of program requirements, candidates will be introduced to the development of a professional standards-based electronic portfolio. This portfolio will be maintained throughout the program by the candidate and will result in a summative literacy portfolio submitted for review at mid-program and program completion. For more information about the program candidates are advised to see the Handbook for the Graduate Literacy Program and Portfolio Preparation Guide. Please contact the program director for additional information.
Candidates must hold a valid NYS teacher certification for acceptance into the Literacy Education program.
Candidates can choose between the following three programs:
- Birth-Grade 6 and Grade 5-12, M.S. (42 credits)
- Birth-Grade 6 (36 credits)
- Grade 5-12, M.S. (36 credits)
Note: N.Y. State mandates one course that develops the skills necessary to provide instruction and progress of students with disabilities for those seeking State Certification.