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Literacy Leadership

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The 15-credit certificate program in Advanced Literacy Leadership is designed for the experienced teacher or administrator who has a master's degree and teaching certification as a literacy/reading specialist, a classroom teacher, or a school administrator.

The program design provides candidates with a core of knowledge in literacy leadership and the opportunity to select literacy courses related to their professional needs and interests. Candidates engage in research and reflect on evolving professional philosophies and proficiencies related to literacy leadership and instruction.

The program enables candidates to explore approaches to developing, organizing, and evaluating literacy programs and acquire knowledge of supervision, coordination, and support of school personnel who are associated with literacy programs.

The Advanced Certificate in Literacy Leadership serves as a supplement for individuals who already possess New York state certification as a Literacy Specialist Birth-Grade 6 or Grades 5-12.

Admissions Information

Effective immediately, those applying to Teaching or Educational Leadership programs at the master's or advanced certificate level are now required to submit standardized GRE or equivalent exam scores with their application.

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.


Browse course schedules and descriptions.

Content Core Requirements (12 credits)

  • Adult Development & Adult Learning Theory (CTGE5920)
  • Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Studies and Programs (CLGE6340)
  • Internship in Curriculum & Teaching (CTGE6991)
  • Learning Through Language (CLGE6400)

Elective (3 credits from the following advanced courses)

  • Closing the Opportunity/Achievement Gap (CLGE7220)
  • Contemporary Interventions for Struggling Readers and Writers (CLGE7340)
  • Literacy Institute (CTGE7000)
  • Standardized and Alternate Assessments for Students at Risk or with Disabilities (CLGE6380)
  • Understanding Contemporary Literacies (CLGE6440)


GSE Admissions

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