Reading Master of Science Degree

The Reading MS curriculum has been updated as of Spring 2023. The new program requirements are reflected below. Students who were admitted to the program as of Fall 2022 and prior should view the degree requirements available at this 2023 Reading Master of Science Degree page.

The MS in Reading degree is intended to help graduate students learn about teaching literacy, especially how to engage children and young adults in becoming literate. 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 for regulations concerning appropriate degrees. Literacy volunteers, international students, parents, private school providers, after school program coordinators, counselors in prison settings, and so forth who do not hold teacher certification may also apply for this graduate degree, keeping in mind it does not make you eligible for teacher certification. While all students will take certain required courses, there is flexibility built into the program structure to encourage individual interests. This program is available fully online.

Program of Study (30 Credits)

  • Required Courses – 18 Credits
    1. E Ltl 500 Classroom Literacy Instruction (3) OR
      E Ltl 505 Academic Literacy Across Instructional Contexts, 5-12 (3-6)
    2. E Ltl 504 Children's Literature (3) OR
      E Ltl 506 Young Adult Literature (3)
    3. E Ltl 600 Strategic Intervention to Prevent Literacy Difficulties (3) OR
      E Ltl 601 Practicum: Instruction to Prevent Literacy Difficulties (3)
    4. E Ltl 610 Literacy in Society (3)
    5. E Ltl 615 Teaching Writing, B-6 (3) OR
      E Ltl 619 Practicum: Writing in the Classroom, 1-6 (3)
    6. E Ltl 677 Data Based Decision Making in Literacy, Assessment, Policy, and Practice (3)
  • Literacy Elective Courses – Select 6 Credits
    • E Ltl 526 Language Acquisition, B-2 (3)
    • E Ltl 625 Integrated Literacy Instruction, B-6 (3)
    • E Ltl 655 Early Literacy Development, B-2 (3)
    • E Ltl 657 Literacy for English Language Learners (3)
  • Electives as advised (6)
  • Final Culminating Project - successful completion of the final culminating project milestone

Please note: This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.