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Adolescent Literacy (Grades 5-12)

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Degree: Master of Science in Education (MSE)
Credits: 36
Career Path: Literacy Specialist, Grades 5-12

Start Semester: Any
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time: Both

Program activities emphasize clinically-rich experiences, evidence-based practices, and technology-infused learning activities. Literacy candidates’ growing understanding of theories of multiple literacies across the curriculum sponsor authentic learning and assessment experiences.

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 traditional 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, attending the program on a part-time basis while some enrollees are full-time students.

Program Prerequisites

Candidates must provide evidence of initial/provisional or permanent/professional certification or the equivalent as a teacher of adolescent grades (e.g.: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, TESOL, Special Education).

Candidates must also provide evidence of having completed 6 credits in language and/or literacy education and six credits in special/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.

Adolescence Education Core (30 credits)

  • Assessment and Development for Literacy Processes: Practicum I/Adolescence (CTGE6018)
  • Cognitive and Linguistic Dimensions of Literacy (CTGE6500)
  • Critical Literacy: Adolescence (CTGE6010)
  • Developing Literacy in Intermediate Level Inclusive Classrooms (CTGE6532)
  • Instructional Practices for Writing Across the Curriculum/Adolescence (CTGE6006)
  • Perspectives on Standardized Language and Literacy Assessments: Policy and Practice (CTGE6326)
  • Portfolio for Literacy Education (CTGE0710)
  • Reflective Seminar for Literacy Leaders (CTGE6551)
  • Research and Practice for Struggling Readers and Writers: Practicum II/Adolescence (CTGE6018)
  • Second Language Acquisition (CTGE6540)
  • Sociocultural and Developmental Dimensions of Literacy (CTGE6501)

Sample Electives (6 credits)

  • Administration and Supervision of Literacy Programs (CTGE7593)
  • Adolescent Literature in a Multicultural Society (CTGE5540)
  • Beginning Literacy Development in Inclusive Classrooms (CTGE6002)
  • Literacy Institute (CTGE6608)
  • Reading and Writing in the Content Area (CTGE5547)
  • Teaching Reading and Writing in English Language Learners (CTGE5846)
  • Teaching Reading Skills to Children with Learning Disabilities (CTGE5455)

Certification Information

Our Master's degree program leads to University endorsement for NYS certification as Literacy Specialist, Grades 5-12.

The Advanced 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.

Programs are open to all who qualify; however, only U.S. citizens or international students who possess a U.S. Green Card or H1-B visa may be recommended for New York State teacher certification.


GSE Admissions

Program Contacts
Dr. Arlene Moliterno