Literacy Education: Birth-Grade 12 Master of Science in Education

Department of Language, Learning and Leadership
Office: E262 Thompson Hall
(716) 673-3702
Dr. Cindy Bird, Chairperson, Department of Language, Learning and Leadership
Dr. Susan Sturm, Program Coordinator

This program leads to a Master of Science in Education: Literacy Education Birth to Grade 12 degree and recommendations for initial certification in both Literacy Education: Birth to Grade 6 and Literacy Education: Grades 5-12. Program completion results in the ability to teach as a reading specialist, a literary coach, or as a classroom teacher. The content of the program includes practicum work, research, and opportunities to provide professional development for paraprofessionals and classroom teachers.

The State University of New York at 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 Education (initial and professional). Graduates of the Literacy program who are interested in applying for their professional certification related to their original initial certification 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:

Requirements for Admission to the Degree Program without Deficiencies

Submit a completed Graduate Application to the Office of Graduate Studies, including two current (within six months) letters of recommendation that address the applicant's academic and teaching abilities, official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except Fredonia), formal score reports from GRE (and TEOFL or IELTS if required), evidence of initial teaching certification and evidence of DASA training.

  • Baccalaureate Degree Awarded.

  • Baccalaureate GPA of 3.00 or above.

  • Completion of the GRE general exam, with a minimum qualifying score of 272 for combined Verbal and Mathematics sections.

  • Initial teacher certification for New York State or equivalent.

  • Evidence of completion of DASA training

  • For non-native speakers of English, the following sub-scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

    • TOEFL Reading: 21 or IELTS Reading: 6.5

    • TOEFL Speaking: 18 or IELTS Speaking: 6.0

    • TOEFL Listening: 15 or IELTS Listening: 6.0

    • TOEFL Writing: 21 or IELTS Writing: 6.5

    • Interview with Literacy faculty

As of December 31, 2013, candidates in all education programs are required to complete training under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). The training required under the Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) will be included in EDU 303 at Fredonia. Graduate candidates who may have completed EDU 303 on campus prior to Spring 2014 must complete an EDU DASA workshop prior to full admission.

NOTE: Applicants may be granted conditional acceptance and have one semester to complete DASA training and write the GRE.

Program Requirements

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

Required courses:

EDU 506Introduction to Literacy Instruction


EDU 552Introduction to Literacy Assessment


EDU 554Advanced Literacy Assessment


EDU 570Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction


EDU 576Practicum in Literacy for All Students


EDU 579Social Foundations of Literacy


EDU 583Literacy Interventionist Practicum I


EDU 613Literacy Interventionist Practicum II


EDU 627Multicultural Children’s Literature and Technology


EDU 628Reading Specialist Practicum


EDU 633Literacy in the Content Areas


EDU 637Psychological Foundations of Literacy


EDU 651Issues and Research in Literacy


EDU 659Master's Thesis/Project in Literacy


Total Credit Hours:36

Additional Program Requirements

It is the candidate's responsibility to be aware of course prerequisites, the Program Assessment Plan and Transition Point Grid and the required passing grade of B or higher for EDU 552, EDU 554, EDU 583, EDU 613, EDU 651, and EDU 659, as well as the additional program requirements of

  • The New York State Content Specialty Test (CST) in Literacy
    • Candidates must pass this CST to become certified in Literacy Education in New York State
  • Specific Program Assessments aligned with the International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards
    • Program assessments have been designed to meet these standards as part of the institutional accreditation efforts through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Candidates will be kept informed of these assessments.

Total Credit Hours: 36