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Master of Science 

Reading (On Campus + Online)

Program of Study

The curriculum is regularly updated by school district teachers and administrators to reflect the most current practice standards. Flexible elective options allow you to study literacy subjects that are related to your professional goals.

Literacy in Society

Introduction to research-based strategies, materials, and assessment practices aligned with state and national literacy standards. Topics include children's learning and thinking, instructional planning, instructional tools, text complexity, leveled texts, and more.

Literacy instruction: choose one.

  • Classroom Literacy Instruction
  • Practicum: Academic Literacy Across Instructional Contexts, 5-12

Literature for youth: choose one:

  • Children's Literature
  • Practicum: Young Adult Literature

Writing instruction: choose one.

  • Teaching Writing, B-6
  • Teaching Writing, Grades 5-12


Electives: choose five.

Sample courses: Development in Childhood, Assessment in Education, B-2 Language Acquisition, Media Literacy, B-2 Early Literacy Development, Reading in a Second Language

Master's Research Project

Final MS in Reading Project


See graduate bulletin for details.

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


Careers in Literacy

Graduates usually pursue careers as non-certified/non-licensed reading and writing instructors in private schools, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, penitentiaries, and community learning and continuing education facilities.

Alumni frequently work as pre-school teachers, private school teachers, reading coaches, writing tutors, and literacy volunteers.

Annual Salaries in Albany, NY

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US News & World Report Best Online Programs Ranking

The School of Education has been delivering exemplary online courses for more than 20 years. In 2019, UAlbany online graduate programs in education were ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

You can earn your master’s degree part-time or full-time through online courses and/or campus-based evening and summer classes that work with your schedule.

In this designated OpenSUNY+ program, you also have access to comprehensive support services including a 24/7 help desk, online tutoring, and personal advising.

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