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Childhood Literacy (Birth-Grade 6)

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Degree: Master of Science in Education (MSE)
Credits: 36
Career Path: Literacy Specialist, Birth-Grade 6

Start Semester: Any
Campus: Lincoln Center
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 Prerequisites

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

Deadlines: Applications are reviewed throughout the year. Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Fieldwork Requirements

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

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • Assessment & Development of Literacy Processes: Practicum 1/Childhood (CTGE6012)
  • Beginning Literacy Development in Inclusive Classrooms(CTGE6002)
  • Cognitive and Linguistic Dimensions of Literacy (CTGE6500)
  • Critical Literacy: Childhood(CTGE6008)
  • Instructional Practices for Writing Across the Curriculum/Childhood (CTGE6004)
  • Perspectives on Standardized Language and Literacy Assessments: Policy and Practice (CTGE6326)
  • Portfolio for Literacy Education (CTGE0710) (0 credits)
  • Reflective Seminary for Literacy Leaders (CTGE6551)
  • Research & Practice for Struggling Readers & Writers: Practicum II/Childhood(CTGE6016)
  • Second Language Acquisition(CTGE5840)
  • Sociocultural and Developmental Dimensions of Literacy (CTGE6501)

Sample Electives (6 credits)

  • Administration and Supervision of Literacy Programs (CTGE7593)
  • Developing Literacy in Intermediate Level Inclusive Classrooms (CTGE6532)
  • Literacy Institute (CTGE6608)
  • Second Language Proficiency (CTGE7843)
  • Reading and Writing in the Content Areas(CTGE5547)
  • Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (CTGE5846)
  • Teaching Reading Skills to Children with Learning Disabilities (CTGE5455)

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.


GSE Admissions

Program Contacts
Dr. Arlene Moliterno