Oct 18, 2017
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 Birth through Grade
6. 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 in early childhood and childhood education,
Birth through Grade 6. 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 must be completed
before entering Phase II. LYST 240 and 241 are prerequisites for LYST 242.
Phase I - Semester Hours: 18
Phase II - Semester Hours: 9
Additional Certification in Grades 5-12 - Semester Hours: 12
Students who specialize in Early Childhood and Childhood (Birth through Grade
6) may obtain specialization in Middle Childhood and Adolescence (Grade 5-12)
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 practicum.