Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Admission Requirements

  1. Have a degree from an accredited college or university leading to New York State teacher certification.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in undergraduate work. Please submit all transcripts.
  3. Write a well-crafted statement addressing the following:
    1. Your reasons for seeking Literacy Specialist certification
    2. The professional challenge(s) you encountered during your field experiences/first classroom experiences that you hope to address in your graduate work
    3. Discuss what you hope to learn in your graduate program focusing on your interest in working with struggling readers
      Your statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria (see rubric):
      1. Organization
      2. Conventions of language
      3. Content
      4. Interest in working with struggling readers, rationale, and significant support for rationale
        Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.
  4. Submit three letters of reference that attest to the applicant’s potential as a literacy specialist. Please note that references should be from professors, school administrators, cooperating teachers (only one), or student teaching supervisors (only one).  
  5. Submit a professional resume

Applicants will be judged on demonstrated academic records; the strength of recommendations, and the quality of the candidate's statement.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog

Program Requirements

Required Courses (36 credit hours)
EDU 513THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION3
EDU 535TEACHING WRITING: B-123
EDU 606LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS3
EDU 609RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN ADOLESCENT LITERACY3
EDU 611TEACHING LITERACY IN PRIMARY GRADES3
EDU 612DEVELOPING LITERACY THROUGH LITERATURE3
EDU 642READING ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION3
EDU 643TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS WITH READING DIFFICULTIES3
EDU 646LITERACY LEADERSHIP3
EDU 647PRACTICUM IN READING3-6
EDU 650LITERACY THEORY AND RESEARCH3
EDU 655TEACHING OF READING: GRADUATE SEMINAR3
Total Credit Hours36

Program may be completed on a part-time basis through advisement.  Pre-requisites apply.