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2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6 or Grades 5-12), M.S.Ed.


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Associate Professor McGinnis, Graduate Program Co-Director, (516) 463-5769.
Associate Professor Zaleski, Graduate Program Co-Director, (516) 463-5372.

Program Overview


The master’s program in literacy studies is designed for certified teachers to introduce 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 to 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.

Our programs prepare scholar-practitioners to work with students birth through grade 6, and grades 5 through 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 as economically, linguistically and ethnically diverse as those found in New York state.

These programs prepare students to 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. The degree 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:

  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


  1. B.A. or B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. Two letters of recommendation.
  3. Possession of a New York State Initial or Provisional Teaching Certificate (see notes below).
  4. Interview with a program director in literacy studies.

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.
  • Students who enter the dual program must have taken the New York state LAST examination prior to admission.
  • 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.
  • Students who have initial/provisional certification in an area of study other than those listed above in 3 should speak to the department adviser for requirements for admission.

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.

Electives - Semester Hours: 4


A student may select any graduate course in the School of Education, Health and Human Services , or in the University, as an elective with advisement. The following electives are recommended:

International Scholars Forums - Semester Hours: 1


A literacy conference course (LYST 351 , 352  or 353 ) is offered for 1 s.h. each semester. It is expected that students will take at least one conference course. Students can take three additional conference courses to satisfy their elective requirements.

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. One course may also fulfill the M.S.Ed. in Literacy Studies elective requirement with advisement.   

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.

Electives - Semester Hours: 4


A student may select any graduate course in the School of Education, Health and Human Services , or in the University as an elective with advisement. The following electives are recommended: 

International Scholars Forums - Semester Hours: 1


A literacy conference course (LYST 351 , 352  or 353 ) is offered for 1 s.h. each semester. It is expected that students will take at least one conference course. Students can take three additional conference courses to satisfy their elective requirements.

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 also taking the following courses. One course may also fulfill the M.S.Ed. in Literacy Studies elective requirement with advisement.

Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of a minimum of 37 semester hours in prescribed courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 70 hours of field experiences which includes a 50-hour practicum.
  3. Successful presentation of a learning portfolio to faculty and peers.

Teacher Certification Requirements


Upon the successful completion of a Hofstra state-approved teacher education program, students are eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. A request for recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. Students who apply directly to New York state for certification are responsible for learning about and satisfying the certification requirements set by the state. It should be noted that such requirements may differ from those in Hofstra’s registered programs.

All prospective early childhood (Birth-Grade 2), elementary (Grades 1-6) and secondary (Grades 7-12), special subject teachers and educational leaders are required to pass the New York State Teachers Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by Pearson Education, for state certification requirements. Students should consult with the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study. Beginning in May 2013 graduating students will be required to pass new Performance Assessments and revised Content Specialty Tests.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) prior to student teaching, and the Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. Students not receiving passing scores on these examinations will not be eligible for certification.

In addition to fulfilling the required courses of study, the Commissioner’s Regulations mandate that all prospective teachers, pupil personnel and education leaders receive instructions regarding:
    1.     Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
    2.     Fire and Arson Prevention.
    3.     School Violence Prevention and Intervention.
    4.     Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse.
    5.     Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction.

New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification as special education teachers or school administrators working in special education to have training in the area of children with autism. All of these requirements must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.

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