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Certificate of Advanced Study

Literacy

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Program of Study

You may transfer in as many as 30 graduate credits to the CAS in Literacy program; transfer up to 21 credits in literacy subjects and up to 9 credits in allied courses in professional education.

If you're planning to enter the PhD in Literacy program, you need to meet the course requirements for the exam track. If you're pursuing other goals, you need to meet the course requirements for the inquiry project track.
 

See graduate bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Reisha Rieder at rrieder@albany.edu or 518-442-5100.

Professional Development

As an advanced studies certificate student, you develop professional teaching and research skills by assisting with the teaching of graduate courses or clinical practica, and by participating in faculty research projects.

In addition, you gain experience presenting scholarly papers at a variety of professional conferences and submitting academic articles to peer-reviewed journals. 

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Tracks
Comprehensive Exam (PhD) Track

Literacy and Society

  • Literacy as Social Practice
  • Literacy as Social Reproduction and Transformation


Literacy and Schooling

  • Texts and Teaching in Literacy Learning
  • Research on Preparing Literacy Teachers
     

Literacy Across the Lifespan

  • Literacy Learning and Development in Childhood
  • Language Foundations for Learning
     

Reading Courses: 12 credits

REVIEWERS: Please provide sample course titles.
 

Professional Education: 6 credits

REVIEWERS: Please provide sample course titles.
 

Research Methodology: 6 credits

REVIEWERS: Please provide sample course titles.
 

Comprehensive Exam (Part A)

Inquiry Project Track

Literacy and Society: Choose one

  • Literacy as Social Practice
  • Literacy as Social Reproduction and Transformation
     

Literacy and Schooling: Choose one

  • Texts and Teaching in Literacy Learning
  • Research on Preparing Literacy Teachers
     

Literacy Across the Lifespan: Choose one

  • Literacy Learning and Development in Childhood
  • Language Foundations for Learning
     

Reading Courses: 21 credits

REVIEWERS: Please provide sample course titles.
 

Professional Education: 6 credits

REVIEWERS: Please provide sample course titles.
 

Research Methodology:

REVIEWERS: Please provide sample course titles.
 

Inquiry Project: 3-9 credits

REVIEWERS: Please provide sample course titles.

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Assistantships and fellowships are regularly offered to full-time students when funding is available through the University and/or externally funded projects.

If you are awarded an assistantship or fellowship, you receive a stipend for 20 hours of research or teaching assignments per week, and a tuition waiver for 9 credits of coursework per semester for an academic year (fall and spring).

Some assignments require to you gather information, organize and analyze data, and assist with manuscript preparation, while others may involve teaching activities at the undergraduate or master's level.

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High Income Potential

Graduates typically pursue literacy careers with excellent wages. Sample job titles and median annual salaries in Albany, NY, include:

  • Literacy Coach: $70,653
  • Education Consultant: $73,182
  • Post-Secondary Teacher: $83,984
  • School Administrator: $94,112
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Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Certificate of Advanced Study
  • Students understand both broad and specific aspects of literacy theory, research, practice, and policy.
  • Students can critically analyze, interpret, and apply research.
  • Students are leaders who engage in collaborative inquiry to promote literacy.
  • Graduates engage in careers aligned with their areas of expertise and qualifications.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529