Graduate Education

Literacy Education

The programs in literacy are designed to prepare either prospective or experienced educators to effectively teach and develop literacy skills in children that are essential for success in school and in life-long learning.

A primary aim of the literacy programs is to develop proficiency in providing instruction and assessment in literacy. Another aim is to develop proficiency in organizing and enhancing literacy programs in cooperation and collaboration with other school personnel that results in creating instructional environments that maximize literacy skills in all children.

Literacy (Birth-grade 6): Qualifying for Initial/Professional Certification

The role of the literacy specialist within the school involves instruction, assessment and leadership that contribute to the development of student reading / writing / thinking / listening in all phases of learning. This program is, therefore, designed for people who already hold New York State certification for teaching, whether provisionall  /initial or permanent/ professional.  

A minimum of 34 credits is required, including 28 credits of graduate study that must be taken in literacy education. A college supervised practicum in teaching literacy is also required for the literacy certificate.

Successful completion of the program will lead to a master of science in education in literacy. In addition, successful candidates will be eligible for an initial/professional certificate in literacy.

Literacy and Special Education: Qualifying for Initial Certification

This program is designed for people who already hold New York State certification in elementary/childhood education, whether provisional or permanent. A minimum of 43 credits is required. A college supervised practicum in teaching literacy is also required for the literacy certificate.

Successful completion of the program will lead to a master of science in education in literacy (birth to grade 6) and special education (grades 1-6). In addition, successful candidates will be recommended for New York State certification in literacy (birth to grade 6) and special education (grades 1-6).

Literacy (Birth–grade 6) Certification Program

This program is designed for people who already hold New York State certification for teaching, a master’s degree in education and are seeking certification in literacy. Candidates may apply for admittance to the core courses leading to a recommendation for certification upon completing the requirements.

A minimum of 28 credits is required for the certification in literacy. The graduate coordinator must approve any requests for satisfaction of these requirements based on prior credits.

Literacy (Grades 5 - 12): Leading to Initial and Professional Certification

Degree Requirements:

A minimum of 34 credits is required for the master of science in education degree in literacy grades 5-12. These credits are distributed as follows:

Dual Literacy (Grades 5 - 12) and Special Education (Grades 7 - 12)

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 43 credits is required for the master of science in literacy (grades 5-12) and special education (grades 7-12) program. This program is designed for people who already hold New York State certification in secondary/adolescence education, whether provisional or permanent.

Successful completion of the program will lead to a master of science in education in literacy (grades 5-12) and special education (grades 7-12). In addition, successful candidates will be recommended for New York State certification in literacy (grades 5-12) and special education (grades 7-12).

The core components of 25 credits in literacy education and 18 credits in special education are required.

For more information about the master of science in education program, including admission requirements, application requirements, and courses, please go to the MSMC Graduate Catalog.

You can reach the office of the graduate program coordinator for teacher education at 845-569-3525.

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