M.S.Ed., Literacy Specialist


The Literacy Specialist program has been designed to meet the certification regulations of the New York State Education Department, as well as the Standards for Literacy Professionals of the International Reading Association. This program allows candidates to qualify for initial certification in one of the following levels, as well as satisfying the academic requirements for Professional certification in their Initial New York certification area: Early Childhood and Childhood (Birth-Grade 6) and Middle Childhood and Adolescence (Grade 5-12). Program courses also available at extension site in Watertown, NY, located on the SUNY Jefferson campus.

Contact Information

Admissions / General Information
Center for Graduate Studies
Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment
Satterlee 238
(315) 267-2165
graduate@potsdam.edu

Program-Related Information
Kathryn Jeror
Department Chair
Satterlee 100C
(315) 267-2160
jerorkm@potsdam.edu

Required Program Courses

Minimum of 36 credit hours:

GRDG 600, Foundations of Literacy, 3 credits
GRDG 605, Literacy Assessment and Evaluation, 3 credits
GRDG 610, Seminar: Literacy Research, 3 credits
GRDG 615, Literacy:Family/School/Community Collaboration, 3 credits
GRDG 620, Literacy and Linguistically Diverse Learners, 3 credits
GRDG 625, Using Technology to Teach Literacy, 3 credits

Early Childhood/Childhood Literacy Concentration (B-6):
GRDG 655, Literacy Intervention Strategies, B-6, 3 credits
GRDG 660, Teaching Writing, B-6, 3 credits
GRDG 665, Emergent Literacy, 3 credits
GRDG 690, Literacy Practicum, B-2, 3 credits
GRDG 691, Literacy Practicum, 3-6, 3 credits

Middle Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Concentration (5-12):
GRDG 656, Literacy Intervention Strategies, 5-12, 3 credits
GRDG 661, Teaching Writing, Grades 5-12, 3 credits
GRDG 670, Teaching Reading and Study Skills in Content, 3 credits
GRDG 696, Literacy Practicum, 5-8, 3 credits
GRDG 697, Literacy Practicum, 9-12, 3 credits