National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited
Accredited by International Reading Association
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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.
All applicants for Professional Certification in New York State must show evidence of completing the required seminar in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training).
A student who has completed at least 6 credit hours must submit an Admission to Degree Candidacy form before completing 12 credit hours.
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:
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):
ii. Conventions of language
iv. 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.
4. 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).
5. Submit a professional resume
Applicants will be judged on demonstrated academic records; the strength of recommendations, and the quality of the candidate's statement.
Required Courses (36 credit hours)
EDU 513 THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION 3
EDU 535 TEACHING WRITING: B-12 3
EDU 606 LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS 3
EDU 609 LITERACY INSTRUCTION IN THE UPPER GRADES 3
EDU 611 TEACHING LITERACY IN PRIMARY GRADES 3
EDU 612 DEVELOPING LITERACY THROUGH LITERATURE 3
EDU 642 READING ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION 3
EDU 643 TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS WITH READING DIFFICULTIES 3
EDU 646 LITERACY LEADERSHIP 3
EDU 647 PRACTICUM IN READING 3-6
EDU 650 LITERACY THEORY AND RESEARCH 3
EDU 655 TEACHING OF READING: GRADUATE SEMINAR 3
Total Credit Hours 36
Program may be completed on a part-time basis through advisement. Pre-requisites apply.
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