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Literacy Education: Birth to Grade 6


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Degree: Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)
Credits: 36
Career Path: Literacy Specialist, Birth to Grade 6

Start Semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer
Campus: Lincoln Center & Westchester
Full-time/Part-time: Both

Recognizing that literacy is a multi-faceted tool which enriches learning in all subject areas, we draw on the new literacies lens to integrate technology into innovative and traditional learning activities. Program activities emphasize clinically-rich experiences, evidence based practices, and technology-infused learning activities.

The program enhances teachers’ understandings of reading-writing-listening-speaking-visualizing-performing connections. Graduates are proficient in promoting the effective use of skills and strategies with students from diverse backgrounds who become confident, independent, successful lifelong learners. Candidates are typically teachers, teacher assistants, or literacy specialists serving in local schools.

Program Pre-Requisites

Candidates must provide evidence of initial/provisional or permanent/professional certification or the equivalent as an early childhood/childhood, TESOL, or special education teacher. Candidates must also provide evidence of having completed 9 credits in language and/or literacy education and six credits in specific/inclusive education.

Those who have not fulfilled these prerequisites may complete them concurrently with enrollment in the program.

Admissions Information

Applications are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements.

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Fieldwork Requirements

Two field-based supervised practicum experiences are capstones to the program. Additional fieldwork is required as related to individual coursework.

Program Curriculum

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Required Courses (30 credits) Sample Electives (6 credits)

Certification Information

Our masters degree program leads to University endorsement for NYS certification as Literacy Specialist, Birth to Grade 6.

The Childhood Language and Literacy Program is nationally recognized, having met the professional standards established by the International Reading Association, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.


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