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M.S.Ed., Literacy Educator

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Community of Passionate Educators

The Literacy Educator graduate program cultivates educational professional coaches and literacy leaders who are committed to providing the highest quality reading and writing instruction possible. Alumni have gone on to develop and implement literacy programs in many of the local schools in Northern New York State, and beyond.

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Make a Meaningful Impact

Literacy educators are key factors in producing high reading and writing achievement, and preventing reading failure in their schools. You will gain the foundation of knowledge and skills to make a meaningful impact in the lives of your students, inspiring them towards success and a lifelong love of books and learning.

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Our Commitment

Our program and faculty are dedicated to preparing knowledgeable and passionate literacy educators with strong commitments to equity and diversity, excellence in their practice, social responsibility, and critical reflection.

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Foundations of Literacy

Through courses and professional development opportunities, students gain critical understanding of the history and foundations of literacy to inform practice. Unique program experiences inspire interest in literacy, and help foster relationships among students, educators, researchers, and community advocates to strengthen literacy across the lifespan.

Community of Passionate Educators

The Literacy Educator graduate program cultivates educational professional coaches and literacy leaders who are committed to providing the highest quality reading and writing instruction possible. Alumni have gone on to develop and implement literacy programs in many of the local schools in Northern New York State, and beyond.

The Literacy Educator program addresses the interests of candidates who seek greater understanding of literacy theories, issues, and pedagogy, but do not intend to pursue careers as Literacy Specialists. Graduates of this 33-credit hour program will satisfy the academic requirements for Professional certification in their area* of Initial Certification, but will not be eligible for additional certification as a Literacy Specialist.

What You Will Learn:

  • In-depth knowledge of literacy theories and research-based practices essential for effective, inclusive teaching and intervention, curriculum development, and leadership.
  • Multiple opportunities to examine assessment and intervention, enabling you to administer and interpret a wide variety of formal and informal literacy assessment tools.
  • Collaboration and communication skills central for working as part of a school team addressing the unique literacy needs of B-12 learners.
  • Perspectives and skills to develop innovative literacy programs that engage diverse students and families in school and community settings.
  • Student-centered, inquiry-based approaches to help you read and think critically, including the ability to analyze literacy research and construct literacy action research projects.

Unique Program Features:

  • Complete the academic qualifications to gain professional certification in your initial New York certification area.
  • Unique opportunities to integrate theory and practice through course-related case study projects; collaborations with classroom teachers to design and implement differentiated literacy instruction; and partnerships with schools to enhance family/community literacy outreach efforts.
  • Opportunities are offered to attend professional development workshops as a participant and contributor, helping further your understanding of literacy methods, policy issues, and pedagogy.
  • Small class sizes promote close relationships with professors and fellow Literacy Specialist candidates.
  • An advisor guides you through the entire program, providing support that greatly enhances your education experience.
  • Flexible course scheduling with two enrollment locations in Potsdam and Watertown.

*(Early Childhood B-2, Childhood 1-6, Generalist 5-9, English 5-9, Mathematics 5-9, Social Studies 5-9, English 7-12, Mathematics 7-12, Social Studies 7-12, Special Education Birth-2, Special Education 1-6, Special Education Generalist 5-9, Special Education English5-9, Special Education Math 5-9, Special Education Social Studies 5-9, Special Education English 7-12, Special Education Math 7-12, Special Education, Social Studies 7-12)

“I chose to obtain my MSED in Literacy (B-6) because I strongly believe that literacy is the basis of all learning. In my teaching experiences, I have seen many students who struggle with reading, which leads to difficulty learning other subjects. I feel that the program better prepares me to provide students with the most effective reading skills, as reading has become the foundation of education.”

~Beth Woods, ‘14

Admissions FAQs

33
credits

Minimum Credits

12-16
months

Approximate minimum time to complete (assumes full time attendance)

Rolling
rolling

Deadline to submit application materials. Recommended deadlines are 4/1 for fall, 5/1 for summer and 11/15 for spring.

FallSpring
summer|fall

Start date: Summer - Watertown, Fall - Potsdam
 
Program Contacts

Admissions / General Information Center for Graduate Studies
Satterlee 215C
(315) 267-2165
graduate@potsdam.edu


Program-Related Information
Marta Albert
Program Coordinator
Satterlee 206
(315) 267-4881
albertmk@potsdam.edu