Master of Science in Education Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6)

This program will not be accepting applicants for the 2023-2024 academic year while we develop a new program to align with recent changes in New York State requirements for certification in Literacy. A revised program leading to the new Literacy (All Grades) certificate is expected to be offered for the 2024-2025 academic year. Please check back in the spring of 2024 for more information.
The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Literacy Education leads to the New York State certificate in Literacy (Birth-Grade 6). Students in this program take coursework that prepares them to understand the language and literacy needs of diverse learners, plan specialized and individualized literacy instruction, engage critically with current issues in the field of literacy education, and support other teachers and professionals in the improvement of literacy instruction in schools. The program is completed in two years and includes a semester-long literacy practicum with children.
Who This Program Is For:
This program is for persons who have completed a bachelor’s degree in education and hold an initial certificate in Early Childhood Education (B-2) or Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), and who are looking to extend their certification to include Literacy (Birth-Grade 6). Persons who do not hold an initial teaching certification in Early Childhood Education (B-2) or Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) should apply to the MAT in Early Childhood Education (B-2) or Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).

Program Requirements:

The MSEd in Literacy Education consists of eleven courses (33 credits) including one semester of practicum. Students take courses in two areas: Foundations, Theory, and Research and the Literacy Professional Specialization. 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.

Foundations, Theory, and Research

EECE 731 Teaching Beginning Reading and Writing (3 cr.)

EECE 745 The Reading-Writing Connection (3 cr.)

EECE 746 Nonfiction for Children (3 cr.)

EECE 773 Families, Stories, and Literacy (3 cr.)

EECE 780 Introduction to Educational Research (3 cr.)

EECE 782 Teacher as Researcher (3 cr.)

Literacy Professional Specialization

EECE 764 Instruction and Assessment Across the Curriculum for Bilingual Learners (3 cr.)

EECE 801 The Role of the Literacy Specialist (3 cr.)

EECE 803 Assessment and Instruction I (3 cr.)

EECE 804 Assessment and Instruction II (3 cr.)

EECE 805 Practicum (3 cr.)

Completion of this program and all New York State requirements for certification leads to recommendation by the School of Education for New York State Initial & Professional Certification in Literacy (Birth-Grade 6). Students should contact the Teacher Certification Office for up-to-date information on New York State certification requirements.
Other Information
For more information on the B-6 Literacy Program Practicum, please visit B-6 Literacy Program Practicum

To Apply:

Applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

· Hold an earned bachelor’s degree

· Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

· Have NYS initial certification or the equivalent in Early Childhood Education (B-6) or Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

· Submit three letters of recommendation

· Submit a 500 word essay explaining your interest in the program

· Additional requirements may be specified on the application form

Applicants are accepted for fall admission only and may enter the program only as matriculating students.

Program Coordinators

Dr. Christopher Wagner
Office: Powdermaker Hall 054
Phone: 718-997-5374

GRE Information

Please note: Effective immediately, all EECE graduate programs will no longer require a standardized examination, such as the GRE, for admission.

Candidate Handbook
Graduate Programs in Literacy Education, Birth-6th Grade