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Master of Science 

Literacy (On Campus + Online)

Program of Study

Become a Certified Literacy Specialist

The MS in Literacy is for current teachers seeking initial literacy certification in New York State. To be admitted, you must already possess initial or professional teaching certification in any other content area.

In addition to fulfilling the education requirement for initial certification, the master's in literacy also meets the education criteria needed for professional certification in both literacy and the content area of your original initial certificate.

The MS in Literacy program accommodates students working as full-time teachers. All courses are offered online and/or held in the evening on campus. Also, all practicum courses take place after school hours.

This teacher education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for the 10-year period of April 30, 2011 to April 30, 2021.

Core Curriculum

  • Literacy in Society
  • Classroom Literacy Instruction
  • Practicum: Writing in the Classroom, 1-6
  • Data-Based Decision Making in Literacy Assessment, Policy, and Practice
  • Final Project

 

See graduate bulletin for details.

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

Content

Program Tracks
Specialist Track: Grades B-6

Foundation

  • Children's Literature
  • Early Literacy Development, B-2
     

Practicum Courses

  • Instruction to Prevent Literacy Difficulties
  • Practicum: Differentiated Instruction and Coaching, B-6
     

Elective (choose one)

  • Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Social Studies, B-6
  • Science for Children
  • Integrated Literacy Instruction, B-6
  • Literacy for English Language Learners
     

Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

Literacy Specialist Grades 5-12

Foundation

  • Strategic Intervention to Prevent Literacy Difficulties
     

Practicum Courses

  • Young Adult Literature
  • Academic Literacy Across Instructional Contexts, 5-12
  • Adolescent Literacies and Multimodalities, 5-12
  • Differentiated Instruction and Coaching, 5-12
Specialist Track: Grades B-12

Foundation

  • Early Literacy Development, B-2

Practicum Courses

  • Young Adult Literature
  • Instruction to Prevent Literacy Difficulties
  • >Academic Literacy Across Instructional Contexts, 5-12
  • Adolescent Literacies and Multimodalities, 5-12

Differentiated Instruction and Coaching, B–6 and 5-12

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Literacy specialists are well compensated. For example, in Albany, NY, the median annual salaries for literacy specialist teachers and literacy coaches are $68,514 and $71,891, respectively. This is notably higher than the combined average salary of $61,732 for all other K-12 teachers.

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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