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).
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School of Education
Transcripts, 3 Letters of Recommendation (including academic and teaching recommendations on the UA recommendation form), Dept. Questionnaire and a valid/pending New York initial teaching certificate or an equivalent first certificate from another state
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This program leads to certification as a Literacy Specialist. Please click here for the Literacy/Early Childhood Education/Childhood Education Departmental Questionnaire.
Birth-Grade 6, Grade 5-Grade 12, Birth-Grade 12
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