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2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6 or Grades 5-12), MSEd


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Associate Professor McGinnis, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-5769

Program Overview


The MSED program in Literacy Studies is designed to guide certified teachers in becoming literacy specialists who deliver high-quality literacy instruction, and who offer literacy and curriculum leadership to schools and school districts. Our program reflects advances in literacy research and policies that are consistent with the New York State Board of Regents requirements. The program provides graduate students with the most current understandings of literacy learning theories, pedagogical practices for use with students in early childhood to grade 12 classrooms, children’s and adolescent literature, assessment practices, and literacy support for culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and for students with special needs.

Through face-to-face, hybrid and online courses, as well as a depth of field projects and clinical work, our program prepares literacy specialists and classroom teachers to provide support and nurturing of readers and writers, and to facilitate assessment driven instructional planning and professional learning within a school. Graduate students in the Literacy Studies program meet the educational requirements for certification as literacy teachers in early childhood and childhood education, birth through grade 6, or middle childhood and adolescence, grade 5 through grade 12.


Students are prepared for the following teaching positions:

  1. Classroom teachers with advanced preparation in literacy instruction.
  2. Literacy specialists with advanced preparation in one-on-one and small group instruction in literacy processes.
  3. Literacy specialists prepared to work collaboratively with classroom teachers in designing and implementing effective literacy instruction in inclusive environments.

Admission Requirements


Applications for admission to this Master of Science in Education program in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education  are made to the Office of Graduate Admission. Admissions decisions are based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria.  The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying even if they fail to meet one of the GPA or testing criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate. All individual cases will be reviewed by an Admissions Counselor before being referred to the graduate program for further review.

  1. BA or BS degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, or its equivalent (e.g., a 3.0 in a completed graduate program). We encourage you to submit all transcripts from your undergraduate work and any graduate work for consideration.
  2. Submission of scores on a nationally-normed graduate admission test (GRE or Praxis). Recent SAT/ACT exams may be accepted if verifiable by the test provider.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Possession of a New York State Initial or Professional Teaching Certificate.
  5. Interview with a program director in literacy studies.

*Certified teachers who hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university are exempt from standardized testing.

Notes:

  • 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 requirements.
  • Graduate students who enter a program of study on a nonmatriculated basis are limited to a maximum of 12 s.h. of course work.
  • A maximum of 9 s.h. of advanced standing may be accepted for relevant graduate course work taken elsewhere.

General Education Core Requirements


In order to ensure that prospective teachers have a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, all students must have completed undergraduate course work from the content areas below.

  1. Special Education (3 s.h.)

Course work for the general education core in the liberal arts and sciences must have a GPA of 2.75 or above with no grades below a C-.

Please note that programs may have general education requirements that exceed the minimum registered with the state. Degrees will not be conferred unless all general education core deficiencies have been met.

Option I: Master of Science in Education in Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6)


The sequence listed below is recommended. However, Phase I courses must be completed before entering Phase II. LYST 240  and 241  are prerequisites for LYST 242 . LYST 300  must be taken as part of the first 12 semester hours of study. LYST 301  must be taken as part of the final 12 semester hours of study. Electives may be taken at any time.

Professional Development Semester Hours: 1


A literacy conference course (LYST 351, 352 or 353) is offered for 1 s.h. each year.  It is expected that students will take at least one conference course. 

Additional Certification in Grades 5-12 - Semester Hours: 9-12


Students who specialize in early childhood and childhood (Birth-Grade 6) may obtain specialization in middle childhood and adolescence (Grades 5-12) by taking the following courses.  

Option II: Master of Science in Education in Literacy Studies (Grades 5-12)


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 243. LYST 300 must be taken as part of the first 12 semester hours of study. LYST 301 must be taken as part of the final 12 semester hours of study. Electives may be taken at any time.

Professional Development Semester Hours: 1


A literacy conference course (LYST 351, 352 or 353) is offered for 1 s.h. each year. It is expected that students will take at least one conference course.

Additional Certification in Birth-Grade 6 (9-12 s.h.)


Students who specialize in middle childhood and adolescence (Grades 5 through 12) may obtain specialization in early childhood and childhood (Birth through Grade 6) by taking the following courses.

Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours in prescribed courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  2. Completion of a minimum 50 practicum hours.
  3. Successful presentation of a professional portfolio/capstone project to faculty and colleagues.
  4. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.

Teacher Certification Requirements


Upon successful completion of degree requirements, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. Contact the Office of Educational Support Services, 233 Hagedorn Hall, for information regarding any required Educational Law seminars* and other certification requirements. Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.

*Please note, as of December 31, 2013, the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education now require a new six-hour seminar for Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/news/newsitem05162013.html.

To be eligible for the certification, students are required to have passing scores on the appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). Please contact the Office of Educational Support Services for specific certification requirements.

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