Feb 18, 2018
Assistant Professor McGinnis, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5769,
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy Studies is designed
for certified teachers with a master’s degree who want certification in
literacy. This program introduces students to contemporary theory and
practice in literacy studies, so that they become effective scholar-
practitioners who understand and deliver high quality literacy
instruction and offer proactive literacy leadership to schools and
community agencies. Our program reflects advances in literacy research
and policies by the New York State Board of Regents regarding learning
standards. These policies are designed to articulate the highest
learning standards possible for all students and balance attainment of
these standards with consideration of issues of equity and access to
education for economically disadvantaged and traditionally
underrepresented groups at all levels of the education system.
This program prepares scholar-practitioners to work with students
Grade 5 through Grade 12. Students will work at broadening the
definition of literacy practices beyond traditional school-based
literacy in order to address the issues of equity, access, and
opportunity that are involved in literacy acquisition in communities
that are economically, linguistically and ethnically diverse as those
found in New York state.
This program, leading to professional certification for teaching of Literacy,
prepares students to meet the educational requirements for certification as literacy
specialists middle childhood and adolescence, grade 5 through grade 12. The Certificate
of Advanced Study provides students with the opportunity to participate in classes
that focus on the most current understandings of literacy and pedagogical practices.
Students are prepared for the following teaching positions:
- Classroom teachers with advanced preparation in literacy instruction.
- Literacy specialists with advanced preparation in one-on-one and small group
instruction in literacy processes.
- Literacy specialists prepared to work collaboratively with classroom teachers
in designing and implementing effective literacy instruction in inclusive environments.
- M.A. or M.S. degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Possession of a New York State Teaching Certificate (See note (b) below).
- Interview with faculty member in Literacy Studies.
- Admission to graduate study requires a baccalaureate degree with a general core
in the liberal arts and sciences in order to meet New York state certification
- Admission to graduate study with provisional certification requires that a student
take a 3 s.h. undergraduate or graduate course in special education as a prerequisite
or corequisite to study.
- Graduate students who enter a program of study on a nonmatriculated basis are
limited to a maximum of 12 semester hours of course work.
- A maximum of 6 semester hours of advanced standing may be accepted for relevant
graduate course work taken elsewhere.
Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 27
The sequence presented below is recommended. However, Phase I courses must be
completed before entering Phase II. LYST 240 and 241 are prerequisites for LYST
Phase I - Semester Hours: 18
Phase II - Semester Hours: 9
Additional Certification in Birth-Grade 6 - Semester Hours: 12
Students who specialize in Middle Childhood and Adolescence (Grades 5-12) may
obtain specialization in Early Childhood and Childhood (Birth - Grade 6) developmental
levels by also taking the following courses:
- Completion of a minimum of 27 semester hours in prescribed courses with a minimum
grade point average of 3.0
- Completion of a minimum of 70 hours of field experiences which includes a 50-hour
Upon successful completion of a school-based program, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. The state requires applicants to have passing scores on each of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE): the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), and the appropriate Content Specialty Tests (CSTs). The state will not issue certification to individuals not receiving passing scores on all New York examinations. In addition to pedagogical studies, the Commissioner’s Regulations require that all school-based programs provide students with instruction for the purpose of identification of child abuse and maltreatment; fire and arson prevention; prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse; School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); and highway and school safety/prevention of child abduction. No degrees will be conferred without the completion of all of these requirements. Please contact the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services for information regarding fingerprinting, examinations and seminars.