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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 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


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.

  1. BA or BS degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Submission of scores on a nationally-normed graduate admission test.*
  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.

*Please consult with the director of the program to determine which test would be best suited to you. Examples of such tests include, but are not limited to, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the GRE general test or the relevant GRE subject exam (if appropriate to your intended area of certification).

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.

Electives - Semester Hours: 3


A student may select any graduate course in the School of Education , 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 MSEd 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: 3


A student may select any graduate course in the School of Education , 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 MSEd in Literacy Studies elective requirement with advisement.

Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of a minimum of 36 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.
  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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