Requirements

Master of Science Degree in Education in Literacy Education programs:

Literacy Birth - Grade 6
Literacy Grades 5 - 12
Literacy Education (Dual Certification): Birth - Grade 6 and Grades 5-12

Admissions Requirements
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Degree Requirements
Students must maintain a high level of scholarship. In particular, they must earn a grade of B or higher in each required course. Those students receiving a lower grade may retake one course once. This must be done before registering for any additional course. A second grade below B, whether in the repeated course or in another required course, will result in dismissal from the program.

In addition to these general requirements, the faculty monitors students’ progress carefully. The first checkpoint, admission to candidacy, occurs after completion of 12 credits, one course must be either LIT 601 or LIT 611. In order to be granted candidacy, students need to have earned a grade of B (3.0) or higher in each completed course. Please see general candidacy guidelines at the beginning of the catalog. Students may not be considered for a master’s degree without having completed this step. The second checkpoint, the practicum appraisal, occurs during the semester in which students are enrolled in LIT 701, the Practicum in Literacy Assessment. This is the point at which students are judged on their ability to interact appropriately with children or adolescents. They will be observed frequently and evaluated in the middle and end of this semester. Students must receive a favorable evaluation by the end of this course in order to maintain their candidacy for their master’s degree. Students seeking New York State Certification in Literacy are required to take the CST (content specialty test) in Literacy.

Literacy Courses –36 Credits
Students are not expected to take courses in strict numeric order. They should meet with their advisor to determine the most efficient sequence based on their academic background, teaching experience, and time constraints.

Required Courses for M.S. in Education in Literacy Leading to Professional Certification (Birth-Grade 6) – 36 Credits
Course Number Course Title Credits
LIT 501 Introduction to Literacy Instruction 3
LIT 502 Teaching Reading Comprehension 3
LIT 503 Using Literature in the Classroom 3
LIT 511 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Grades 3
LIT 601 Early Language and Literacy Instruction 3
LIT 611 Assessing Literacy Behavior 3
LIT 612 Teaching Remedial Students 3
or
LIT 613 Teaching Young Remedial Students 3
LIT 701 Practicum in Literacy Assessment 3
LIT 702 Practicum in Remedial Instruction 3
LIT 750 Research in Literacy Education 3
Elective Courses 6

Required Courses for M.S. in Education in Literacy Leading to Professional Certification (Grades 5-12) – 36 Credits
Course Number Course Title Credits
LIT 501 Introduction to Literacy Instruction 3
LIT 502 Teaching Reading Comprehension 3
LIT 503 Using Literature in the Classroom 3
or
LIT 505 Literature for Adolescents and Young Adults 3
LIT 512 Teaching Writing in the Upper Grades 3
LIT 602 Reading Instruction in the Content Areas 3
LIT 611 Assessing Literacy Behavior 3
LIT 612 Teaching Remedial Students 3
LIT 701 Practicum in Literacy Assessment 3
LIT 702 Practicum in Remedial Instruction 3
LIT 750 Research in Literacy Education 3
Elective Courses 6

Required Courses for M.S. in Education in the Dual Literacy Program Leading to Professional Certification (Birth-Grade 6 and Grade 5-12) – 36 Credits
Course Number Course Title Credits
LIT 501 Introduction to Literacy Instruction 3
LIT 502 Teaching Reading Comprehension 3
LIT 503 Using Literature in the Classroom 3
or
LIT 505 Literature for Adolescents and Young Adults 3
LIT 511 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Grades 3
LIT 512 Teaching Writing in the Upper Grades 3
LIT 601 Early Language and Literacy Instruction 3
LIT 602 Reading Instruction in the Content Areas 3
LIT 611 Assessing Literacy Behavior 3
LIT 612 Teaching Remedial Students 3
or
LIT 613 Teaching Young Remedial Students 3
LIT 701 Practicum in Literacy Assessment 3
LIT 702 Practicum in Remedial Instruction 3
LIT 750 Research in Literacy Education 3

Courses
For descriptions of courses, please download the Graduate School Catalog