Educators are prepared with the skills to help students become engaged learners that develop into well rounded students. The program is designed to equip teachers with the expertise to teach all learners in a variety of settings and provide individualized literacy instruction for the full range of students.

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What to expect

  1. Email from program director
  2. Discuss requirements, course schedule and start date
  3. Application Requirement Checklist
  4. Information on Financing Your Education


What you will study

As a student in this program, you learn how to create meaningful, culturally relevant literacy experiences for all learners. This program provides opportunities to tutor in urban, suburban, and rural schools, allowing you to develop proficiency in planning, assessment, and diagnosis. You will be required to synthesize the knowledge gained in individual courses by completing a research course and culminating exam.

Where you can study

  • Main campus

Learning outcomes

Candidates who successfully complete this program will have productive, inspired careers as literacy educators who are committed to and have respect for a range of ethnic and cultural differences, and whose collaborative and practica experiences allow them to meet the needs of diverse learners. These teachers will be successful because they will engage their students in the process of learning with proactive planning, resourceful lesson content, and will monitor and track their students’ progress. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to work as a Literacy Specialist/Literacy Coach in New York State.

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts showing confirmation of a Bachelor's degree
  • Purpose statement for graduate study
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $65 application fee
  • Initial Teaching Certification
  • GRE test scores (If GPA is lower than 2.7)
  • Program advisement meeting