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Literacy initial/professional MSEDs

Required courses (birth through Grade 6 or Grades 5 to 12) in the Master of Science in Education (MSED) degrees in literacy education are designed for candidates who possess a baccalaureate degree and hold provisional/initial certification in education or the equivalent. 

The MSED literacy B-6 and 5-12 programs are premised upon two fundamental, interlocking beliefs: that social justice is served only when all children are successful readers and writers; and second, that literacy processes are creative and constructivist in nature, requiring students to experience authentic connections to the texts of their lives. Thus, embedded in this program is an approach to literacy that takes into account the history of literacy, which has too often not served to ensure social justice. Further, in tandem with a constructivist/transactional approach to literacy learning, is the goal of supporting a strategic approach to both reading and writing in which learners become metacognitive regarding these literacy processes and thus able to claim control of their own reading and writing.

The sequence of courses for the MSED literacy B-6 and 5-12 programs are designed to provide candidates with a deep understanding of the content base of literacy and the appropriate implementation of instruction. The practica experiences will serve to extend and solidify the candidate’s knowledge within a mentoring environment. The program culminates in a 50-hour practicum experience under collaborative supervision of college personnel and classroom-based practitioners, thus providing the candidate an opportunity to work with diverse students to practice the integration of theory and practice gained in the sequence of courses.

Program requirements are officially described in the current SUNY Oswego Graduate Catalog, which can be obtained by contacting the Graduate Studies Office (315.312.3152, 601 Culkin Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126).  

For further information contact Dr. Marcia Burrell, Associate Chair for Program Coordination and Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction Department, 214 Hewitt Union, SUNY Oswego, Oswego NY 13126, 315.312.4061.