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

Department of Language, Learning and Leadership

Office: E262 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3702

Dr. Cindy Bird, Chairperson




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

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 certification and evidence of DASA training.

  • Baccalaureate Degree Awarded.
  • Baccalaureate GPA of 3.00 or above.
  • Completion of the GRE general exam.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of completion of DASA training
  • For non-native speakers of English, the following subscores 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. After the application deadline, candidates with completed application materials will be contacted by Literacy faculty for an interview.


    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 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 of graduate level courses, including the following:

    Required courses (36 credit hours)

    EDU 506Introduction to Literacy Instruction


    EDU 552Introduction to Literacy Assessment


    EDU 554Advanced Literacy Assessment


    EDU 570Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction


    EDU 579Social Foundations of Literacy


    EDU 583Literacy Interventionist Practicum I


    EDU 613Literacy Interventionist Practicum II


    EDU 627Multicultural Children’s Literature and Technology


    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

    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 the EDU DASA workshop prior to full admission.

    Additional Program Requirements

    It is the candidate's responsibility to be aware of course prerequisites, the Program Assessment Plan and Transition Point Grid noting the required grades for passing (a grade of B or higher) in 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 Reading Association (IRA) 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). You will be kept informed of these assessments.

    Total Credit Hours: 36