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M.S. in Literacy Education (Birth - Grade 6)

Teacher with Student in ClassroomThe 31-credit Master of Science in Literacy Education (Birth to Grade 6) enables certified teachers to obtain an additional New York State certification in literacy. The program prepares professional teachers to teach reading, writing and literacy to children at various educational levels. Graduate students will learn to master the use of cutting-edge instructional techniques and technologies to boost children’s literacy skills and increase academic performance.

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, the M.S. in Literacy Education program provides a strong theoretical foundation in early childhood development, learning and literacy.  Students are immersed in current and past literacy research theory and develop, reflect upon and modify their knowledge of literacy theory within the context of course objectives. They study literacy trends and research methodology (qualitative and quantitative) and are trained in observational data collection to make informed instructional decisions.

Following several intensive literacy courses, students apply their knowledge of literacy process, assessment and instructional strategies by working directly with young children with specific literacy needs. Students will participate in a summer literacy clinic and will help lead reading, writing and literacy enrichment activities for children from a local elementary school.