Applicants to the literacy specialist (LBT) program must be certified or eligible for certification in elementary education, childhood and/or early childhood education, a secondary subject area, special education, art education, physical education, or other educational area.
1. Have a degree from an accredited college or university.
2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in undergraduate work. Please submit all transcripts.
3. Submit proof of New York State Initial Certification or New York State Certificate of Qualification or Provisional Certification in Elementary Education at the time of application. If you are a recent graduate or just completing your undergraduate program at the time of application, write in the date certification is expected on the application. You must submit proof of your teaching certificate to the Elementary Education and Reading Department by the time you apply for candidacy (after completing 6 credits and before the completion of 12 credits). If you do not obtain your initial certification for any reason before completing the master’s program, you will not be recommended for professional certification by SUNY Buffalo State.
4. Submit a score from either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) OR the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
5. Write a well-crafted statement addressing the following:
a.) Your reasons for seeking Literacy Specialist certification.
b.) The professional challenge(s) you encountered during your field experiences/first classroom experiences that you hope to address in your graduate work.
c.) 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):
b.) Conventions of language
d.) 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.
6. 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).
7. Submit a professional resume.
Applicants will be judged on demonstrated academic records, the strength of recommendations, and the quality of the candidate’s statement.
Further information about this program is available from:
Ellen S. Friedland, Assistant Chair for Graduate Programs
Keli Garas-York, Program Coordinator
Bacon Hall 316F
Phone: (716) 878-5615
Application Deadline Dates:
Spring: October 1; Summer: March 1; Fall: May 1
All documentation needs to be submitted by the application deadline in order to process your application.
Please return your completed application and all supplemental materials to the Graduate School Office, Cleveland Hall 204.
Required Credit Hours*: 36 cr
EDU 513 Theory, Research, and Practice in Literacy Instruction
EDU 535 Teaching Writing: B-12
EDU 606 Literacy Instruction for Linguistically Diverse Students
EDU 609 Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades
EDU 611 Literacy in the Primary Grades
EDU 612 Developing Literacy through Literature
EDU 642 Reading Assessment and Evaluation – prerequisites – EDU 513 and two other courses
EDU 643 Teaching Strategies for Students with Reading Difficulties – prerequisite EDU 642
EDU 646 Literacy Leadership
EDU 647 Clinical Practicum – prerequisites EDU 642 and EDU 643
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.
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.