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Literacy Education, M.S.Ed.

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Next start date

August 28, 2017

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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
GPA of at least 3.0
MAT or GRE scores
Program advisement meeting
Initial Teaching Certification
Education essay
Purpose statement
Two letters of recommendation
Application fee