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Master of Science 


Program of Study

The curriculum is designed to be flexible to meet your unique needs, with an emphasis on current practice standards and policies. Core required courses provide foundational knowledge, while a wide range of electives allow you to develop specialized knowledge within your area of interest.

Required Courses (15-18 credits)

  • Classroom Literacy Instruction OR Academic Literacy Across Instructional Contexts, 5-12
  • Children’s Literature OR Young Adult Literature
  • Literacy in Society
  • Teaching Writing, B-6 OR Writing in the Classroom, 1-6
  • MS Research Project

Electives (12-15 credits)

  • Language Acquisition, B-2
  • Strategic Intervention to Prevent Literacy Difficulties
  • Media Literacy
  • Early Literacy Development, B-2
  • Reading in a Second Language
  • Data-Based Decision Making in Literary Assessment, Policy and Practice 
  • Or Electives as advised

Final Culminating Project 


See the 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 New York certified teachers (with initial certification upon admission), 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, public school teachers, literacy tutors, and literacy volunteers.

Median Annual Salaries in Albany, NY

  • Literacy Specialist Teacher: $68,514
  • Preschool Teacher/Director: $64,397
  • K-12 Classroom Teacher: $64,327
  • Higher Education Advisor: $48,262
  • Private Tutor: $43,519


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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.

Admissions Requirements


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: Not Available
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
Special Notes

The Reading program requires three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from a past professor (or someone who has worked with you in an academic setting and can evaluate your academic capability). The other two can come from individuals who have observed you in a professional context. All the recommendations should come from people who would be able to evaluate your capability for academic success; who can evaluate your substantial work (paid or unpaid) in education or your current field; who supervise your work in current employment and can speak to your capacity for collaborating, managing multiple projects simultaneously, as well as working independently; or who have observed your effectiveness in a professional or human-service context. At least two letters of recommendation should provide evidence that you can succeed in graduate education.

This degree does not lead to teacher certification. This program is available fully online.

For students holding initial NY State Initial Teaching Certification and seeking NY State Professional Teacher Certification, please visit the NYSED Master's Degree requirement website at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/relatedmasters.html  for regulations concerning appropriate degrees. This program is available fully online.

Student Learning Objectives

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

Master of Science
  • Our students demonstrate an understanding of the literacy knowledge and instruction appropriate for educational and/or community settings.
  • Students apply their understanding of diversity, equity, and technology to educational and/or community settings.
  • Students apply their content knowledge and understanding of literacy practices to the education and/or community setting of their choice through a reflective essay or inquiry project.

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