Literacy: Grades 5-12 Master of Science in Education degree

Department of Language, Learning and Leadership

Office: W261 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3702

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

Clara Beier, Program Co-Coordinator

Jennifer Ro, Program Co-Coordinator

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The program leads to a recommendation for initial certification and a Master of Science in Education: Literacy Grades 5-12, 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 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, 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:

Program Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours (minimum four semesters) of graduate level courses, including the following:

Clinical Courses: Six (6) credit hours of Clinical courses, which are listed below, must follow the sequence as indicated. Majors in Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6) will work with students in grades 5-12.

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

Cluster I (12 required credit hours)

EDU 570Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction


EDU 583Individualized Literacy Instruction


EDU 587Psychological Foundations of Literacy


EDU 652Literacy Assessment


Cluster II (12 required credit hours)

EDU 506Introduction to Literacy Instruction


EDU 579Social Foundations of Literacy


EDU 653Diagnoses of Literacy Difficulties


EDU 613Remediation of Literacy Difficulties


Cluster III (9 required credit hours)

EDU 536Adolescent Literacies, Literature and Technology


EDU 586Literacy in the Content Areas


EDU 651Issues and Research in Literacy


Capstone (occurs after the completion of 33 credit hours)

EDU 659Master's Thesis/Project in Literacy