Literacy Education (Grades 5-12) MSEd

Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective advocate for improving literacy instruction at your school. The practica (teaching preparation) experiences will serve to extend and solidify your knowledge within a mentoring environment.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 33

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years


The graduate program in adolescence literacy education embraces two fundamental, interlocking beliefs: that social justice is served only when all children are successful readers and writers; and that literacy processes are creative and constructivist in nature, requiring students to experience authentic connections to the texts of their lives.

This program features an approach that takes into account the history of literacy, which has too often not served to ensure social justice. In tandem with a constructivist/transactional approach to literacy learning, the program supports a strategic approach to both reading and writing in which learners become self-aware of these literacy processes and able to claim control of their own reading and writing.


The sequence of courses 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 your knowledge within a mentoring environment. The program culminates in a 50-hour practicum experience under collaborative supervision of college personnel and classroom-based practitioners, providing an opportunity to work with diverse students to practice the integration of theory and practice gained in the sequence of courses.

Master of Science in Education


Our practicums provide opportunities for candidates in teacher education programs to observe and apply theory learned in an authentic classroom and practical setting. In addition, candidates work with a full range of candidates including varying ages and abilities and different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds. 


Candidates who successfully complete this program will have productive, inspired careers as literacy educators committed to and with 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 students in the process of learning with proactive planning and resourceful lesson content, and while monitoring and tracking students’ progress. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to work in New York state and attain the necessary degree requirements to obtain your NYS professional teaching certification.

Career Opportunities

  • Literacy specialist
  • Literacy coach
  • Certified New York State teacher, grades 5-12

Program Resources

NCATE Accredited

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community.

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

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.

GRE scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program. Acceptable scores are dependent on the 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. 

Education essay

In 500–1000 words, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. Additionally, please write of your own understanding of education, what you would contribute to the School of Education, and how  your past experiences and goals align with the Conceptual Framework and Dispositions? (To compose your answer, first examine the School of Education Conceptual Framework.)

Initial Teaching Certification

New York State requires this entry-level certificate for classroom teachers with specific areas of interest. Submit a copy of your NYS initial teaching certificate in area of interest during the application process.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae 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. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities, and should come from a college professor and from somebody connected with your student teaching experience or a professional supervisor.

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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