Programs Offered

MS in Early Childhood Education

The MS in Early Childhood Education program leads to the M.S. degree needed for New York professional teacher certification in the area of Early Childhood Education B-2 (NY certification option), or for a Master's degree in any state (non-NY certification option). For both degree options, the required 30 credit coursework is the same. The MS in Early Childhood is intended for teachers who already have initial certification. In either an online or campus-based format, the program focuses on responsive teaching and empowerment for students and teachers. Newly revised in 2013, the coursework brings together current research and policy to prepare teachers to teach children from Birth to Grade 2. Coursework addresses the key components of literacy and content areas instruction, including literacy development, children’s literature, science, mathematics, social studies, writing instruction, literacy engagement, strategic literacy instruction, assessment, data-based decision making, critical literacy, family partnerships, and the Common Core Standards. Initial teaching certification in Early Childhood is required for admission into this program. If you are interested in obtaining your literacy certification, please consider the MS in Literacy degree.

Early Childhood Education (Online and On Campus)
When taken online, this program is part-time only with a maximum of 2 courses/semester. When taken on campus, this program may be part-time or full-time.  To see a complete listing of the coursework, follow the planning worksheet link.
Early Childhood Program Planning Worksheet

MS in Childhood Education

The MS in Childhood Education program leads to the M.S. degree needed for New York professional teacher certification in the area of Childhood Education 1-6 (NY certification option), or for a Master's degree in any state (non-NY certification option). For both degree options, the required 30 credit coursework is the same. This program is intended for teachers who already have initial certification. In either an online or campus-based format, the program focuses on responsive teaching and empowerment for students and teachers. Newly revised in 2013, the coursework brings together current research and policy to prepare teachers to teach children from grades 1-6. Coursework addresses the key components of literacy and content areas instruction, including literacy development, children’s literature, science, mathematics, social studies, writing instruction, literacy engagement, strategic literacy instruction, assessment, data-based decision making, critical literacy, family partnerships, and the Common Core Standards. Initial teaching certification in Childhood Education is required for admission into this program. If you are interested in obtaining your literacy certification, please consider the MS in Literacy degree

Childhood Education (Online and On Campus)
When taken online, this program is part-time only with a maximum of 2 courses/semester. When taken on campus, this program may be part-time or full-time. To see a complete listing of the coursework, follow the planning worksheet link.
Childhood Education Program Planning Worksheet

MS in Literacy: B-6 or 5-12 or B-12

The MS in Literacy degree is intended for teachers who are seeking literacy certification in New York State (B-6, 5-12, or both). The program framework focuses on responsive teaching and empowerment for students and teachers. Newly revised in 2013, the coursework brings together current research and policy to prepare teachers to teach literacy as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, or literacy coach. Coursework addresses the key components of literacy instruction, including literacy development, children’s/young adult literature, disciplinary, digital, and multimodal texts, writing instruction, literacy engagement, strategic instruction in key literacy areas, assessment, critical literacy, family partnerships, data-based decision making and the Common Core Standards. Initial teaching certification in any certification area is required for admission into this program. The degree leads to initial certification as a Literacy Specialist (provided you pass the CST in Literacy), and the MS degree needed for professional certification in literacy and in the area of your original initial certificate (e.g., Childhood, English, Music)

Literacy B-6, 5-12, B-12 (On Campus Only)
This program is offered part-time or full-time and only on campus. To see a complete listing of the coursework for any of the three literacy programs, follow the planning worksheet links.
B-6 Program Planning Worksheet
5-12 Program Planning Worksheet
B-12 Program Planning Worksheet

MS in Special Education and Literacy 43 hr

This program provides the master’s degree for initial/professional certification in Literacy (B-6, 5-12, or both), initial/professional certification in Students with Disabilities (Grades 1 – 6) and for professional certification in the area of your initial certification.  To be eligible for this program you must hold a valid initial or professional teaching certificate in Childhood Education.  Available full-time only.

The coursework for this program is listed on the Division of Special Education webpage.

MS in Special Education/Literacy 67 hr

This program provides the master’s degree for initial/professional certification in Literacy (B-6, 5-12, or both), initial/professional certification in Students with Disabilities (Grades 1 – 6) and initial/professional certification in Childhood Education.  You do not need to hold a teaching certificate to be eligible for this program.  Available full-time only.

The coursework for this program is listed on the Division of Special Education webpage.

MS in Reading

The MS in Reading degree is intended for people who work in literacy settings, yet not in the traditional B-12 school settings requiring teacher certification. For example, literacy volunteers, international students, parents, private school providers, after school program coordinators, counselors in prison settings, and so forth may apply for this graduate degree. It is also open to teachers with expired certification who are interested in working in the non-school setting. The intent of the program is to help graduate students learn about teaching literacy, especially how to engage children and young adults in literacy learning. While all students will take certain required courses, there is flexibility built into the program structure to encourage individual interests. This program does NOT lead to teacher certification.The MS in Reading degree is intended for people who work in literacy settings, yet not in the traditional B-12 school settings requiring teacher certification. For example, literacy volunteers, international students, parents, private school providers, after school program coordinators, counselors in prison settings, and so forth may apply for this graduate degree. It is also open to teachers with expired certification who are interested in working in the non-school setting. The intent of the program is to help graduate students learn about teaching literacy, especially how to engage children and young adults in literacy learning. While all students will take certain required courses, there is flexibility built into the program structure to encourage individual interests. This program does NOT lead to teacher certification.This program is available either part-time or full-time. To see a complete listing of the coursework, follow the planning worksheet link.
MS in Reading