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Literacy Education

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The QC Secondary Master's Degree program in Literacy is designed to offer an integrated, theoretically grounded view of literacy and literacy learning that addresses the needs of students and teachers in diverse communities. The Literacy faculty focuses on preparing graduate candidates for their careers in roles as classroom teachers, interventional literacy teachers, clinicians, supervisors, and directors or coordinators of literacy in school districts who can develop, implement, and evaluate literacy programs at schools and in agencies, and who can work with individual students and their families. We promote rigorous scholarship and research, contextualized learning and service in school and community settings, and opportunities for critical reflection on the role of literacy in society and about our responsibilities as educators. Technology is infused throughout our program with students engaged in creating and using podcasts, webquests and electronic portfolios.

The QC Secondary Literacy program's knowledge base and practices are consistent with International Reading Association Standards and New York State regulations. Completion of the course work will lead to New York State certification as Literacy Specialist (formerly titled "Reading Teacher"). It is expected that all candidates completing the program of study will be recommended for, and attain, New York State certification as Literacy Specialists.

Our graduates:

  • Serve as a resource in the area of reading for paraprofessionals, teachers, administrators, and the community.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other professionals in planning programs to meet the needs of diverse populations of learners.
  • Provide professional development opportunities at the local and state levels.
  • Provide leadership in student advocacy.

    Literacy Program Requirements

    Teaching Certification recognized by New York State is required for matriculation in this program of study. The New York State Teacher Certification exams are required for certification in Literacy even for those who have passed other state examinations such as the NTE for prior certification. A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be accepted for transfer as electives upon approval and completed within the last five years prior to admission to the program.

    Literacy Program courses

    36 credit program leading to NYS certification as a Literacy Specialist in grades 5-12

    Initial Courses:

    SEYSL 700 Research Investigation for Literacy Instruction, Part I
    SEYSL 701 Foundations of Literacy Development and Instruction
    SEYSL 702 Literacy in Content Areas
    SEYSL 703 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
    SEYSL 704 Literature across the Curriculum
    SEYSL 705 Literacy Instruction: Multiple Perspectives

    Transition Point:

    SEYSL 750 Literacy Assessment and Instruction, Part I
    SEYSL 751 Literacy Assessment and Instruction, Part II
    SEYSL 752 Consultation, Collaboration, and Literacy Program Renewal
    SEYSL 760 Supervised Practicum with Middle/Junior School Students
    SEYSL 761 Supervised Practicum with High School Students
    SEYSL 790 Research investigation for literacy instruction, Part II

    The Literacy Lab

    The Program faculty believes in providing service directly to the community in the schools, therefore the Literacy Lab is located in the new Queens School of Inquiry. The Lab provides literacy assessment and instruction for students entering grades five through twelve who are experiencing difficulties in reading and/or writing. This includes problems with decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and study skills. The Literacy Lab serves as the practicum site for the Secondary Literacy Program.

    Under faculty supervision at the Literacy Lab, candidates in the Literacy Program completing New York State requirements for Literacy Specialist certification and a Master’s degree in Secondary Literacy individually evaluate each child before instructional sessions begin. The evaluation includes a combination of formal and informal assessments, personal interviews, and writing samples. With faculty support, the candidate develops an individualized plan to meet the specific literacy needs of each student. Based on the results assessments and analysis of all aspects of the evaluation, students are placed in either a small group (no more than four students) or in an individual setting. Conferences inform parents of progress and make recommendations for support at home.

    The Literacy Lab operates during fall and spring and follows the NYC school calendar. The sessions take place in the afternoon after public school closes


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    Chair: Eleanor Armour-Thomas 

    Powdermaker Hall, Room 150
    65-30 Kissena Blvd.

    Flushing, NY 11367

    Phone: 718-997-5150
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    Jacqueline Darvin
    Powdermaker Hall 150-W
    Telephone: (718) 997-5175

    Carole Rhodes
    Powdermaker Hall 135-C
    Telephone: (718) 997-5155



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