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M.S.Ed. Program in Literacy Studies

The 36-credit Program in Literacy Studies leads to a Master of Science in Education degree. Registered in New York State, the program leads to professional certification in teaching literacy in two different concentrations: Birth- Grade 6 and Grades 5 –12.

Program graduates include kindergarten, elementary, and secondary literacy specialists who may become reading teachers, community educators, curriculum specialists, textbook authors, and school administrators. Some graduates also enter doctoral programs.

Admission Requirements for Professional Certification in Teaching Literacy

  1. A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Demonstrated ability to pursue graduate study successfully, that is, a minimum grade average of B in the undergraduate records as a whole.
  3. An initial teaching certificate or qualify for initial certification within three semesters.
  4. An essay outlining career goals.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. An individual interview.
  7. An essay of no more than 500 words written on-site.

Courses for Professional Certification in Teaching Literacy Birth-6th Grade (36 credits)

EDR 702 (3), EDR 712 (3), EDR 722 (3), EDR 765 (3), EDR 731 (6), EDR 767 (3), EDR 752 (3), EDR 768 (3), EDR 529 (3), EDS 701 (3), EDR 605 (3)

Courses for Professional Certification in Teaching Literacy 5th-12th Grade (36 credits)

EDR 703 (3), EDR 713 (3), EDR 723 (3), EDR 753 (3), EDR 733 (6), EDR 767 (3), EDR 765 (3), EDR 768 (3), EDR 529 (3), EDS 701 (3), EDR 605 (3)

M.S.Ed. Program in Literacy Studies Continuation Requirements

  1. Maintain GPA of 3.0.
  2. Meet any conditions placed on initial matriculation before the completion of 12 graduate credits. College and Departmental policies regarding academic probation also apply.

M.S.Ed. Program in Literacy Studies Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits of study in an approved Literacy Studies concentration. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a 36-credit Literacy Studies concentration. Each student must earn a minimum grade of B or better in the overall program in order to be recommended by the College for certification.

Last modified: 7/14/2014