The 33 credits of coursework in the MSED B-6
Literacy Program include foundations, diversity, pedagogy, content areas
studies, literature studies, and specifically designed courses in
authentic and standards-based assessment, the role of and
teaching strategies for the literacy specialist, and a
semester-long reading practicum with children.
Admission requirements and prerequisites:
Students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a NYS initial certificate in Childhood Education 1-6 or an approved equivalent. Applicants are required to provide writing samples on site. Additional application requirements are specified on the application form. Applicants may enter the program only as matriculating students. Students apply in the spring and begin the blocked program in the fall semester only. The Department holds several informational workshops about program requirements and application procedures. Interested students should contact the Division of Education for application deadlines and furtherinformation. Requirements for maintenance in program, certification, and graduation: In order to continue in the program, students must consult with their advisor once a year, maintain a B average, and receive no grade lower than B- in any course. Upon successful completion of program coursework, students are eligible for NYS professional certification in Literacy Education, B-6, and the degree of Master of Science in Education.
Foundations, Theory, and Research
EECE 745 The
Reviews current research
on the development of children’s writing and explores how writing can enhance
children’s learning to read. Students investigate children’s writing through
actual writing samples and strategies. Students also work on their own writing
and examine the childhoods of famous writers.
EECE 731 Teaching
Beginning Reading and Writing (3cr.) Explores how school programs can
facilitate the development of reading and writing in the young child in ways
that are consistent with current research and theory on the development of
EECE 746 Nonfiction for
Children (3cr.) Introduces
students to quality nonfiction books for children and explores ways to promote
of informational books.
EECE 773 Families,
Stories, and Literacy (3cr.) Examines how families shape the young child’s
approach to language, stories, and literacy. The impact of family literacy
processes on the child’s engagement with spoken and written language is also
EECE 780 Introduction to
Educational Research (3cr.) Provides an overview of basic principles of
quantitative and qualitative research design in educational settings.
EECE 782 Teacher as
Researcher (3cr.) Applies current research and theory to the development of
enhanced literacy instruction and intervention practices. Students prepare a
culminating project that integrates the work they have done in literacy theory
and practice with principles of educational research.
Literacy Professional Specialization
EECE 764 Learning the
Content Areas in Multilingual Settings: Teaching and Assessment (3cr.) Examines teaching
strategies for multilingual classrooms. Students
practice different methodologies in teaching mathematics, science, social
studies, and other content areas in the first and second language.
Consideration is given to the evaluation issues related to language and content
in the bilingual-multicultural classroom.
EECE 801 The Role of the
Literacy Specialist (3cr.) Provides the literacy specialist with the
knowledge, skills, and processes necessary to collaborate with other
professionals in the school and community.
EECE 803 Assessment and
Focuses on the selection
and administration of authentic and performance-based assessments and the
interpretation of assessment data to inform instruction to support student
EECE 804 Assessment and
Instruction II (3cr.) Focuses on the
selection and administration of standardized assessments and the interpretation
of assessment data to inform instruction to support student learning.
EECE 805 Practicum
an opportunity for teachers to use the knowledge and skill they have gained
from their coursework to work with children who are struggling with literacy.
Teachers will administer appropriate tests, analyze these tests, and implement
appropriate instructional intervention for each child.