Literacy Education, M.S.Ed.

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May 21, 2018

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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. We offer NYSED certification for grades B-6 or 5-12.

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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. Learn to engage readers and acknowledge the needs of resistance readers and writers.

  • LIT 500 - Critical Literacy and Pedagogy, credit: 3
  • LIT 501 - Foundations of Literacy: Birth to Adolescence, credit: 3
  • LIT 504 - Literature, Art, & Media: Childhood, credit: 3
  • LIT 506 - Writing Lives: Autobiography, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 B-6 or 5-12 Graduate Catalog.

Literacy in an urban setting is a huge issue, so this additional coursework and prospective certification definitely gives me an advantage with my students even though I'm not planning to work as a literacy coach or specialist.
Derrick Smith, M'13

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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 in New York State and provides the necessary degree requirements to obtain their NYSED professional teaching certification.

Literacy Specialist

Literacy Coach

School of Education at SUNY Oswego is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers all of our initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but should explain in the purpose statement what skills and experiences you will bring to the program or any special circumstances that affected your GPA.) If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
MAT or GRE scores
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program.  Acceptable scores are dependent on course of study.  Speak to your department advisor about what scores are acceptable to the program.
Program advisement meeting
Prospective students will meet with faculty and other department chairs to outline and select effective courses to best assist you in your chosen field.  Please be on time to your scheduled advisement and where your meeting will be located ahead of time. You can register for a program advisement meeting here.
Education essay
Write a one page essay based on the School of Education’s Conceptual Framework.  Detail how you would be an asset to the school, as well as your understanding of the educational ideas outlined.
Initial Teaching Certification
NYS requires this entry-level certificate is issued to classroom teachers with specific areas of interest.  Submit a copy of a NYS initial teaching certificate in area of interest no later than ten days prior to the beginning of your program.  Contact the Education Department for qualifications that must be met for eligibility.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities and come from a college professor and a second from your student teaching experience or professional supervisor.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.