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MSED in Literacy

 Masters of Science in Education: Literacy

The MSEd. in Literacy is ideal for certified teachers who hold a teaching certificate and would like to develop expertise in providing literacy instruction to all students, especially those students who struggle with reading. In addition, candidates will become proficient in organizing and supervising literacy programs in schools. The program is a total of 36 credits. Most candidates complete the program in two years but candidates can work at a quicker or slower pace as needed. There are two degree options for candidates in this program:

Early Childhood and Childhood Literacy (Birth-Grade 6)
Middle Childhood and Adolescence Literacy (Grades 5- 12)


Upon completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for NY state teaching certification in Literacy at the appropriate grade level. Teachers who complete this program will be able to work as a reading specialist or literacy coach. Candidates whose long terms goals include supervision may consider taking electives in Teacher Leadership.

Total Program = 36 credits (All Courses are 3 credits)


Program Requirements

Early Childhood and Childhood Literacy (Birth-Grade 6)

 

Level I: Core (6 credits)
GED 3101 Cognition and Instruction
GED 3102 Research Methods in Literacy

Level II: Specialization (18 credits)
GED 3301 Language Development: Foundation for Literacy
GED 3302 Literacy Strategies: Early Childhood and Childhood
GED 3303 Diversity Themes in Children’s Literature
GED 3304 Teaching of Writing: Early Childhood and Childhood
GED 3322 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas: Early Childhood and Childhood
GED 3325 Assessing and Teaching Students with Literacy Difficulties: Early Chilldhood and Childhood

 

Level III: Electives (6 credits)
Two courses in any of the following: Autism, Special Education, Middle School Extension, Teacher Leadership, or by advisement

Level IV: Capstone Experiences (6 credits). ** Candidates are required to file a formal application for the practicum and comprehensive portfolio assessment. Application forms are available from the Graduate Education Office. All other coursework must be completed before taking the practicum. The comprehensive assessment is taken in the Spring semester prior to taking the practicum.

**GED 6202 Literacy Practicum: Early Childhood and Childhood
**GED 6204 Organizing and Supervising the Literacy Program
GED 7100 Comprehensive Assessment (0cr)

 

Middle Childhood and Adolescence Literacy (Grades 5- 12)

 

Level I: Core (6 credits)
GED 3101 Cognition and Instruction
GED 3102 Research Methods in Literacy

 

Level II: Specialization (18 credits)
GED 3601 Expanding Literacy: Language Development In Adolescence
GED 3602 Literacy Strategies: Grades 5-12
GED 3603 Diversity Themes in Adolescent Literature
GED 3604 Teaching of Writing: Grades 5-12
GED 3622 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas: Grades 5-12
GED 3625 Assessing and Teaching Students with Literacy Difficulties: Grades 5-12

 

Level III: Electives (6 credits)
Two courses in any of the following: Autism, Special Education, Middle School Extension, Teacher Leadership, or by advisement

 

Level IV: Capstone Experiences (6 credits). ** Candidates are required to file a formal application for the practicum and comprehensive portfolio assessment. Application forms are available from the Graduate Education Office. All other coursework must be completed before taking the practicum. The comprehensive assessment is taken in the Spring semester prior to taking the practicum.

**GED 6203 Literacy Practicum: Grades 5-12
**GED 6204 Organizing and Supervising the Literacy Program
GESP 7100 Comprehensive Assessment (0 cr)


Candidates are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Candidates are required to complete field experiences in the classrooms at their chosen grade level. Candidates may apply for matriculation after taking GED3101 Cognition and Instruction and 9 additional credits.

In order to be awarded an additional certification in New York State candidates must also pass the following Certification Exams.

Content Specialty Test (CST) – Literacy

For certification in NYS candidates will also need to show they have completed Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Training workshops are held on campus twice a year.