This is a Master of Science in Literacy program, leading to initial/professional certification in literacy, in Grades 5-12. The program curriculum is based on three central and integrated themes -- research, application of research-based best practices, and reflection on the efficacy of instructional practice and teacher decision-making.
All graduates of this program are expected to demonstrate:
This master's level program is for teachers who hold current New York State provisional/initial certification. It is designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge about contemporary theories and research-based practices in literacy. The expectation is that they become effective practitioners who understand and deliver high quality literacy instruction and offer proactive literacy leadership in grades 5-12 educational settings.
This program leads to initial/professional certification in Literacy, Grades 5-12. Specific questions about certification issues should be directed to the Program Director.
Students enter our program during a summer semester and proceed through the courses together as members of a cohort, providing a close network of peers. During the summer, the courses are held in the daytime, while, during the rest of the school year, the courses are offered in the late afternoons/evenings.
Students enrolled in the part-time option may expect to complete the program in a little over two years. This option is particularly well suited to students balancing personal and professional responsibilities, especially as new teachers.
Students enrolled in the full-time option will undertake a demanding pace of study, research and writing. They can look forward to completing the program in two summers plus a fall and a spring semester.
NOTE: Students in this degree program are eligible for up to $4,000 a year in TEACH grant aid