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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Master of Science in Education Program

Program Code: MSED-ED

Major Code: LBT

HEGIS 0830

Elementary Education and Reading Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Accredited by International Reading Association

Nancy A. Chicola, Chair

Ellen S. Friedland, Assistant Chair for Graduate Programs

Keli A. Garas-York, Program Coordinator

Bacon Hall 302, (716) 878-5916


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Elementary Education and Reading Department offers this program leading to New York State certification as a literacy specialist. This program prepares professional literacy specialists to provide instruction for students with reading or writing difficulties. Graduates of this program also will be able to serve as effective resources and leaders for school-wide literacy curriculum and instruction.

Admission Requirements:

1. Have a degree from an accredited college or university.

2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in undergraduate work. Please submit all transcripts.

3.Write a well-crafted statement addressing the following:

  1. Your reasons for seeking Literacy Specialist certification
  2. The professional challenge(s) you encountered during your field experiences/first classroom experiences that you hope to address in your graduate work
  3. Discuss what you hope to learn in your graduate program focusing on your interest in working with struggling readers

Your statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria (see rubric):

  1. Organization
  2. Conventions of language
  3. Content
  4. Interest in working with struggling readers, rationale, and significant support for rationale

Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.

5. Submit three letters of reference on special literacy specialist program forms that attest to the applicant’s potential as a literacy specialist (included in application packet). Please note that references should be from professors, school administrators, cooperating teachers (only one), or student teaching supervisors (only one).

6. Submit a professional resume

Applicants will be judged on demonstrated academic records; the strength of recommendations, and the quality of the candidate's statement.

Degree Candidacy: A student who has completed at least 6 credit hours must submit an Admission to Degree Candidacy form before completing 12 credit hours.

Program Requirements

EDU 513

Theory, Research and Practice in Literacy Instruction

EDU 535

Teaching Writing: B-12 or EDU 609 Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades

EDU 606

Literacy Instruction for Linguistically Diverse Students

EDU 609

Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades

EDU 611

Literacy in the Primary Grades or EDU 612 Developing Literacy through Literature

EDU 612

Developing Literacy through Literature

EDU 642

Literacy Assessment and Evaluation

EDU 643

Teaching Strategies for Students with Reading Difficulties

EDU 646

Literacy Leadership

EDU 647

Clinical Practicum

EDU 650

Literacy Theory and Research

EDU 655

Seminar in Reading

Program may be completed on a part-time basis through advisement. Pre-requisites apply.

Program may be completed on a part-time basis through advisement. Pre-requisites apply.

Total Required Credit Hours:

36 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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