May 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Literacy Education Grade 5-12–MSED

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Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and be eligible for a NYS Initial Certificate as a teacher in Adolescence 7-12.

The following materials must be submitted online to the Graduate Studies Office, Applicants will be notified of the review committee’s decision within six weeks from the date the application is complete.

  1. Program Advisement Form completed at a Program Advisement meeting. Schedule a meeting at and click on Program Advisement Meeting under “View Admission Requirement” or email
  2. Graduate Application, including Education Essay and Purpose Statement
  3. Official transcript for all undergraduate (cumulative 3.0 GPA is required) and graduate work. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but you should explain in your Purpose Statement what skills /experiences you will bring to the program or any special circumstances that affected your GPA.
  4. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission as mandated by New York State. Applicants may be conditionally admitted without scores, but test results must be submitted no later than ten days prior to the beginning of the semester.
  5. Submit a copy of a NYS initial teaching certificate in area of interest no later than ten days prior to the beginning of your program.
  6. Two letters of recommendation: one from a college Professor and a second from the student teaching experience who can speak to your teaching ability
  7. Current Resume

Application materials are due by March 1 for summer and fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. All applicants will be reviewed at one time following the admission deadlines. Completed applications received after the closing dates will be reviewed in the next application period.

Degree Candidacy

Students accepted to one of the MSED-Literacy program must apply for Degree Candidacy after completing 12-18 credit hours of their program; any course work taken in excess of 18 credits is liable to forfeiture. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required to qualify for degree candidacy status. Submit the completed candidacy application to the Graduate Studies Office; the application and a current transcript is forwarded to the advisor. Students will then receive a letter advising them of their status and the remaining requirements in their program.


The MSED-Literacy program is a 33 credit hour program which includes a minimum of 30 credits of literacy courses. One three-credit course is an elective which may be selected from any graduate department at the College (with advisor approval). All students must successfully complete a culminating exam offered at the end of fall or spring semesters. No culminating exams will be given during summer sessions.

Literacy Education Grade 5-12 (33 cr)

B. Electives (3 cr)

To be selected with advisor approval

*Literacy Elective approved only if Content Area Literacy course is taken at undergraduate level.

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