Reading & Literacy

Which program is right for you?

Teaching Literacy & Childhood General Education – This program is for someone new to teaching. It focuses on classroom teaching and also allows you to become a literacy specialist in your classroom in grades 1-6 or within a school. This program leads to two New York State certifications: Childhood General Education and Literacy Specialist

Teaching Literacy: Classroom – This program is for new teachers who have initial certification. It builds on your undergraduate classroom work and allows you to become a literacy specialist in your classroom in grades 1-6, or within a school.

Teaching Literacy: Clinical - This program is for teachers who have taught for at least two years. It builds on your classroom teaching and prepares you to work as literacy specialist within a school in grades 1-6.

Advanced Literacy Specialization – This program is for teachers who are already certified through a masters degree program in early childhood or elementary education. It leads to an Ed.M. and to Teaching Literacy certification. It builds on your previous masters, and prepares you to work as a literacy specialist in grades 1-6, or as a literacy coach in a school.

Reading & Literacy: Clinical Practice – This non-certification program focuses on teaching literacy in clinical settings and/or private practice. It prepares you to be a literacy specialist in an independent school, or to build a private practice doing literacy intervention.


The Reading and Literacy programs are designed to develop educators who understand that literacy is a dynamic, socio-cultural process of speaking, listening, reading, writing and viewing. These literacy processes in children are shaped by the discourse practices, values and beliefs acquired at home and learned in school.

The program faculty are committed to supporting graduate students as they integrate knowledge of current research with active inquiry into current practices of teaching. Teachers become experts in classroom literacy practices and in clinical teaching strategies while building capacity for literacy leadership in schools and clinics.