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Department of Elementary Education

Master of Science in Literacy Education

Coordinator: Tarie Lewis
For information email literacy@newpaltz.edu
or call 845-257-2852

The School of Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz offers students holding a baccalaureate degree the opportunity to earn a:

» Master of Science in Literacy Education: Birth-Grade 6 (030A)
» Master of Science in Literacy Education: Grades 5-12 (030B)
» Master of Science in Literacy Education: Birth-Grade 6 AND Childhood Special Education Certification (029A)

Teachers may apply for 030A (Literacy B-6) or 030B (Literacy 5-12) if they are certified in any area of Elementary Education or Secondary Education (Grades 7-12 or Adolescent/ Middle Grades Education, all subjects), or in Special Education, Speech & Hearing Handicapped, Music Education, or Art Education. Three years of teaching experience as a certified literacy teacher are required for professional certification.

Applicants with initial certification in Childhood Education, or Adolescence Education in specific content areas may apply for 029A (Literacy Education B-6 & Certification in Childhood Special Education). Three years of teaching experience as a certified literacy teacher are required for professional certification.

Since the 029A program has different entrance requirements from 030A and 030B, the Department of Elementary Education will not accept transfers from other graduate programs/concentrations.  Students matriculated in other graduate programs/concentrations must submit a new application for 029A. The deadline for Spring admission is November 1 and for Fall/Summer admission is March 15.

Content areas accepted for 029A are 7-12 Biology, Cantonese, Chemistry, Chinese, Earth Science, English Language Arts, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Mathematics, Physics, Russian, Social Studies, Spanish.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission are required to submit the following documents/information to The Graduate School, Haggerty 804B.

  • Complete an admission application available from The Graduate School.
  • Provide one official transcript of all previous college/university coursework from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have earned a minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for 030A and 030B.
  • Have earned a minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher for 029A and 029B.
  • Provide evidence of initial or professional New York State teaching certification in elementary education (PreK-6, Grades 1-6), or Secondary Education (Grades 7-12 or Adolescent/Middle Grades Education, all subjects), or in Special Education, Speech & Hearing Handicapped, Physical Education, Music Education, or Art Education.
    Note: For those holding certificates in subjects other than Early Childhood B-2 or Elementary Education (N-6, PreK-6, 1-6) must take EED523 Reading in the Primary Grades as a prerequisite.
  • Submit three recent (within two years), appropriate letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor/instructor), on professional letter head supporting the applicant's potential to undertake graduate study.

Program Requirements

Candidates are required to:

  • Develop a plan of study with an advisor upon filing for matriculation.
  • Complete no more than 6 credits of course work toward the degree before matriculation.
  • Complete prescribed course work and other requirements within the time assigned by the New York State Certification Office.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA average of 3.0 or better with no more than two grades below B-.

Program of Study (030A)
Birth-Grade 6 (36 credits)

All courses must be taken under advisement.

Foundations - 3 credits

  • EDI774 Theoretical Foundations of Reading

Diversity - 3 credits

  • EDS581 Racism and Sexism OR
  • EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education

Content Core (taken in sequence) - 15 credits

  • EED744 Workshop in Understanding Reading Problems
  • EED745 Workshop in the Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
  • EED746 Workshop for the Remediation of Reading Difficulties
  • EED747 Clinical Practices in Reading
  • EDI775 Graduate Seminar in Reading

Content Electives (Literature) - 6 credits

  • Two courses chosen with advisement

Special Education (if required) - 3 credits

  • SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms OR
  • One course chosen with advisement

Literacy/Liberal Arts Electives - 3-6 credits

  • One or two courses chosen with advisement

Research - 3 credits

  • EDI798 Principles of Research OR
  • SED712 Recent Research in Education

Program of Study (030B)
Grades 5-12 (36 credits)

All courses must be taken under advisement.

Foundations - 3 credits

  • EDI774 Theoretical Foundations of Reading

Diversity - 3 credits

  • EDS581 Racism and Sexism OR
  • EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education

Content Core (Taken in sequence) - 15 credits

  • EED744 Workshop in Understanding Reading Problems
  • EED745 Workshop in the Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
  • EED746 Workshop for the Remediation of Reading Difficulties
  • EED747 Clinical Practices in Reading
  • EDI775 Graduate Seminar in Reading

Content Electives (Literature) - 6 credits

  • Two courses chosen with advisement

Special Education (if required) - 3 credits

  • SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms OR
  • One course chosen with advisement

Content Related Electives - 3-6 credits

  • One or two courses chosen with advisement

Research - 3 credits

  • EDI798 Principles of Research OR
  • SED712 Recent Research in Education

Program of Study (029A)
Grades B-6 and Childhood Special Education Certification (49 Credits)

All courses must be taken under advisement.

Literacy Education - 21 credits

  • EDI774 Theoretical Foundations of Reading
  • EED593 Content Area Literacy
  • EED744 Workshop on Understanding Reading Problems
  • EED745 Workshop in the Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
  • EED746 Workshop for the Remediation of Reading Difficulties
  • EED747 Clinical Practices in Reading
  • EDI775 Graduate Reading Seminar

Childhood Special Education - 19 credits

  • SPE700 Education Special Learners
  • SPE701 Educational Assessment of Learners with Disabilities
  • SPE732 Learning Environments for Childhood Learners with Disabilities
  • SPE733 Practicum in Childhood Special Education

Electives: Select one from each of the following categories - 9 credits

Reading

  • EDS512 Children's Literature
  • EED516 Teaching Reading/Language Arts in Elementary School
  • EED520 Teaching Literature Language Development, Birth through Kindergarten
  • EED524 Teaching Reading in the Middle School

Diversity

  • SPE572 Teaching Learners from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
  • EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education
  • EDS581 Issues in Racism and Sexism

Research

  • EDI798 Principles in Research
  • SED712 Recent Research in Education
  • SPE703 Research and Current Issues in Special Education

 

For Program Information Contact

Department of Elementary Education
State University of New York at New Paltz
800 Hawk Dr.
New Paltz, NY 12561-2442
845-257-2852
literacy@newpaltz.edu

For Admissions Information Contact

The Graduate School
State University of New York at New Paltz
1 Hawk Dr.
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443
845-257-3285/Toll free: 800-248-8856