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MS Literacy Teacher, B-6

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 Reading-Writing Connection

(3 cr.)

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 literacy.


EECE 746 Nonfiction for Children (3cr.) Introduces students to quality nonfiction books for children and explores ways to promote children’s comprehension

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 considered.


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 Instruction I  (3cr.)

Focuses on the selection and administration of authentic and performance-based assessments and the interpretation of assessment data to inform instruction to support student learning.


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 (3cr.) Provides 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.



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