Literacy: Birth-Grade 6 Master of Science in Education degree

Department of Language, Learning and Leadership

Office: W262 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3702

Anna Thibodeau, Chairperson, Department of Language, Learning and Leadership

Clara Beier, Program Co-Coordinator

Jennifer Ro, Program Co-Coordinator

Email: Clara.Beier@fredonia.edu or Jennifer.Ro@fredonia.edu

Email: LLL@fredonia.edu

Website: http://www.fredonia.edu/coe/lll.asp

The program leads to a recommendation for initial certification and a Master of Science in Education: Literacy Education Birth to Grade 6 degree, and results in the ability to teach as a reading specialist, a literary coach, or as a classroom teacher. The content of the program includes clinical work, action research, and opportunities to provide professional development for paraprofessionals and classroom teachers.

Requirements for Admission to the Degree Program without Deficiencies:

  • Initial certification to teach early childhood, childhood, or adolescence education in the public schools of New York State or equivalent early childhood, elementary, or secondary preparation.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, including two current (within six months) letters of recommendation that address the applicant's academic and teaching abilities, and official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except SUNY Fredonia).
  • Writing Sample: Submit a 2,000 word (maximum) paper that describes your approach to literacy instruction and your experiences with leadership. (Note: This is in addition to the graduate application Statement of Intent).
  • Interview. After the application deadline, candidates with completed application materials will be contacted by Literacy faculty for an interview.

Note: SUNY Fredonia does not have the authority to recommend graduating Literacy candidates for a professional certification in the area of their original initial certification, only for Literacy Grades 5-12 (initial and professional). Graduates of the Literacy program who are interested in applying for their profssional certification, related to their original initial certified area, will have to submit their materials directly to NYSED for individual evaluation through the TEACH online system. Please see the following link for further information about this topic:

http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/relatedmasters.html

 

Program Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate level courses, including the following:

Clinical Courses: Six (6) credit hours of Clinical courses must follow the sequence as indicated.

Majors in Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6) will work with K-6 children.

Literacy Coach Portfolio: Contains documentation from Literacy Conference and EDU 586, EDU 613, EDU 652 and EDU 653.

Required courses:

EDU 506Introduction to Literacy Instruction

3

EDU 547Children's Literature and Technology

3

EDU 570Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction

3

EDU 579Social Foundations of Literacy

3

EDU 583Individualized Literacy Instruction

3

EDU 586Literacy in the Content Areas

3

EDU 587Psychological Foundations of Literacy

3

EDU 613Remediation of Literacy Difficulties

3

EDU 651Issues and Research in Literacy

3

EDU 652Literacy Assessment

3

EDU 653Diagnoses of Literacy Difficulties

3

EDU 659Master's Thesis/Project in Literacy

3