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Master of Science 


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.

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 23

Required Application Materials

Official Transcripts

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