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Education: Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Literacy Education (5-12)
The Queens College Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate 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 focus 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 Literacy Association (ILA) Standards and New York State regulations. Completion of the course work and a passing score on the Literacy Content Specialty Test (CST)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.

Beginning the fall 2016 we will be offering our new, accelerated 21-credit, 2-year program. Please click here for a full coursework brochure.

Requirements for Matriculation 

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
1. An interview may be required.
2. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in undergraduate degree
3. N.Y.S initial teaching certification in any secondary or elementary area.
4. Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test are required. Click here for more details.

Requirements for Non-Matriculation

Students are to follow the college’s requirements for non-matriculation.


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Fall Deadline August 1
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineJanuary 1
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference2
Essay  500 Words
GRE  Yes

Accepts Non-MatricYes

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