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Program Description

This program provides the knowledge and skills needed to enable students to meet the literacy challenges of the 21st century. Teachers must be knowledgeable about literacy development as it is crucial to children’s academic achievement from early childhood through high school. Current research also recognizes the importance of leadership in literacy.

The literacy program provides the academic requirements for an M.S.Ed. in Literacy degree for initially certified educational professionals. Graduates are empowered to be strong classroom teachers and are qualified to hold positions as literacy specialists, coaches, and consultants at building or district levels from preschool through adolescence.

The literacy program also provides the academic requirements for an additional certification in literacy for those teaching professionals who currently hold a master’s degree and initial/professional certification. The goal of this Advanced Certification is to produce teachers who can deliver strong literacy instruction in the classroom.

New York State Teaching Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)

Students must take the  CST (Content Specialty Test) for Literacy.

LITERACY, BIRTH-GRADE 6 AND GRADES 5-12 (M.S.Ed.) | DEGREE CONFERRED: MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (M.S. Ed.)

The Literacy program provides a 36 credit course of study (Birth–Grade 6 or Grades 5–12) or a 45 credit course of study (Birth–Grade 12) consisting of core courses in literacy research and instruction, diagnosis and remediation, special education, and leadership. Students are eligible for initial or professional certification in literacy following successful completion of all academic requirements and the Content Specialty Test in Literacy.

Practica

Each student is required to complete 50 hours of college supervised tutoring (Birth–Grade 6 or Grades 5–12) or 75 hours of college supervised tutoring (Birth–Grade 12). This experience is completed through two or three practicum courses (early intervention/elementary/adolescent level). 

Practica courses

No. of Practicum Hrs.

EDL 671 Practicum I Early Intervention

25

EDL 676 Practicum II Elementary

25

EDL 681 Practicum III Adolescent

25

Portfolio

At the end of their program, students are required to complete and submit a comprehensive professional portfolio which must receive a satisfactory evaluation by a team of faculty to determine knowledge and competency in the field of literacy. 

LITERACY, BIRTH-GRADE 6 | ADVANCED CERTIFICATION IN LITERACY (POST MASTERS)

This Advanced Certification in Literacy (Birth–Grade 6) provides the academic requirements for an additional certification in literacy for those professionals who hold a master’s degree and initial/professional certification in education. Students may be able to complete these requirements with 18 hours of coursework (B-Grade 6) or 27 hours of coursework (Birth-Grade 12) with the following admissions requirements:

  • Transcript review by literacy program director or designated literacy faculty member to determine if Prerequisites have been met for these required courses.
  • Interview with literacy program director or designated literacy faculty member to determine background knowledge in literacy.

Based on this information, some candidates may be required to complete additional coursework .

Students are eligible for initial or professional certification in literacy following successful completion of all academic requirements and the Content Specialty Test in Literacy.

Practica

Each student is required to complete 50 hours of college supervised tutoring (Birth–Grade 6) or 75 hours of college supervised tutoring (Birth–Grade 12). This experience is completed through two or three practicum courses (early intervention/elementary/adolescent level). 

Portfolio

At the end of their program, students are required to complete and submit a comprehensive professional portfolio which must receive a satisfactory evaluation by a team of faculty to determine knowledge and competency in the field of literacy.

 

LITERACY COURSES

Birth–Grade 6 Certification Track:

EDU 508 DASA Seminar (0)

EDL 580 Methodologies in the Reading Processes (3)

EDL 581 Early Language Development and Literacy (3)

EDL 582 Word Study: Early Childhood through Adolescence (3)

EDL 651 Assessment I:  Diagnosis & Remediation of Emergent and Early Readers (3)

EDL 584 Teaching Writing through the Development Process (3)

EDL 583 Creating Strategic Readers and Writers (3)

EDL 652 Assessment II:  Diagnosis & Remediation of Early and Transitional Readers (3)

EDL 692 Literacy Portfolio and Professional Development (3)

EDL 671 Practicum I: Early Intervention (3)

ESP 608 Assessment of Students with Disabilities at the Childhood and Middle Childhood Levels (3)

EDL 690 Leadership in Literacy (3)

EDL 676 Practicum II: Elementary(3)

Total credit hours: 36

 

Grade 5 – Grade 12 Certification Track:

EDU 508 DASA Seminar (0)

EDL 580 Methodologies in the Reading Processes (3)

EDL 582 Word Study: Early Childhood through Adolescence (3)

EDL 583 Creating Strategic Readers and Writers (3)

EDL 652 Assessment II:  Diagnosis & Remediation of Early and Transitional Readers (3)

EDL 584 Teaching Writing through the Development Process (3)

EDL 692 Literacy Portfolio and Professional Development (3)

ESP 608 Assessment of Students with Disabilities at the Childhood and Middle Childhood Levels (3)

EDL 585Adolescent Literacy:  Transacting with Literature (3)

EDL 676 Practicum II: Elementary (3)

EDL 653 Assessment III:  Diagnosis & Remediation of the Adolescent Reader (3)

EDL 690 Leadership in Literacy (3)

EDL 681 Practicum III: Adolescent (3)

Total credit hours: 36

 

Birth – Grade 6 Certification Track and Grade 5 – Grade 12 Certification Track:

EDU 508 DASA Seminar (0)

EDL 580 Methodologies in the Reading Processes (3)

EDL 581 Early Language Development and Literacy (3)

EDL 582 Word Study: Early Childhood through Adolescence (3)

EDL 651 Assessment I:  Diagnosis & Remediation of Emergent and Early Readers (3)

EDL 584 Teaching Writing through the Development Process (3)

EDL 583 Creating Strategic Readers and Writers (3)

EDL 652 Assessment II:  Diagnosis & Remediation of Early and Transitional Readers

EDL 692 Literacy Portfolio and Professional Development (3)

EDL 671 Practicum I: Early Intervention (3)

ESP 608 Assessment of Students with Disabilities at the Childhood and Middle Childhood Levels (3)

EDL 690 Leadership in Literacy (3)

EDL 676 Practicum II: Elementary (3)

EDL 653 Assessment III:  Diagnosis & Remediation of the Adolescent Reader (3)

EDL 585Adolescent Literacy:  Transacting with Literature (3)

EDL 681 Practicum III: Adolescent (3)

Total credit hours: 45

 

 

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COURSEWORK OPTIONS

Option 1: MS Ed. in Literacy (Certification in Birth-Grade 6 & Grades 5-12)

Note: All students are required to complete EDU 508 DASA Seminar (0)
 
Semester I
 
Session I:
 
EDL 651 Assessment I: Diagnosis & Remediation of Emergent & Early Readers (3)
 
EDL 581 Early Language Development & Literacy (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 582  Word Study:  Early Childhood through Adolescence (3)
 
 
Semester II
 
Session I:
 
EDL 652 Assessment II:  Diagnosis & Remediation of Early & Transitional Readers (3)
 
EDL 580 Methodologies in the Reading Processes (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 583 Creating Strategic Readers & Writers (3)
 
 
Semester III
 
Session I:
 
ESP 608 Assessment of Students with Disabilities at the Childhood & Middle Childhood Levels (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 584 Teaching Writing through the Developmental Process (3)
 
Full Semester
 
EDL 671 or 676 or 681 Practicum (3)
 
 
Semester IV
 
Session I:
 
EDL 690 Leadership in Literacy (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 692 Literacy Portfolio and Professional Development (3)
 
Full Semester:
 
EDL 671 or 676 or 681 Practicum  (3)
 
 
Semester V
 
Session I:
 
EDL 653 Assessment III:  Diagnosis & Remediation of the Adolescent Reader (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 585 Adolescent Literacy:  Transacting with Literature (3)
 
Full Semester:
 
EDL 671 or 676 or 681 Practicum
 
Total Hours:  45
 

Option 2: MS Ed. in Literacy (Certification in Birth-Grade 6)

Note: All students are required to complete EDU 508 DASA Seminar (0)
 
Semester I
 
Session I:
 
EDL 651 Assessment I: Diagnosis & Remediation of Emergent & Early Readers (3)
 
EDL 581 Early Language Development & Literacy (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 582 Word Study:  Early Childhood through Adolescence (3)
 
 
Semester II
 
Session I:
 
EDL 652 Assessment II:  Diagnosis & Remediation of Early & Transitional Readers (3)
 
EDL 580 Methodologies in the Reading Processes (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 583 Creating Strategic Readers & Writers (3)
 
 
Semester III
 
Session I:
 
ESP 608 Assessment of Students with Disabilities at the Childhood & Middle Childhood Levels (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 584 Teaching Writing through the Developmental Process (3)
 
Full Semester:
 
EDL 671 or 676 or 681 Practicum (3)
 
 
Semester IV
 
Session I:
 
EDL 690 Leadership in Literacy (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 692 Literacy Portfolio and Professional Development (3)
 
Full Semester:
 
EDL 671 or 676 Practicum  (3)
 
Total Hours:  36
 

Option 3: MS Ed. in Literacy (Certification in Grades 5-12)

Note: All students are required to complete EDU 508 DASA Seminar (0)
 
Semester I
 
Session I:
 
EDL 652 Assessment II:  Diagnosis & Remediation of Early & Transitional Readers (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 585 Adolescent Literacy: Transacting with Literature (3)
 
EDL 582 Word Study:  Early Childhood through Adolescence (3)
 
 
Semester II
 
Session I:
 
EDL 653 Assessment III:  Diagnosis & Remediation of the Adolescent Reader (3)
 
EDL 580 Methodologies in the Reading Processes (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 583 Creating Strategic Readers & Writers (3)
 
 
Semester III
 
Session I:
 
ESP 608 Assessment of Students with Disabilities at the Childhood & Middle Childhood Levels (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 584 Teaching Writing through the Developmental Process (3)
 
Full Semester:
 
EDL 676 or 681 Practicum  (3)
 
 
Semester IV
 
Session I:
 
EDL 690 Leadership in Literacy (3)
 
Session II:
 
EDL 692 Literacy Portfolio and Professional Development (3)
 
Full Semester:
 
EDL 676 or 681 Practicum  (3)
 
Total Hours:  36
 

 

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