Advanced Literacy Specialization

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  • Master of Education: 30-33 credits

Learn from core faculty mentors with rich practitioner experience

Develop leadership skills for work in elementary schools as a Literacy Specialist or Literary Coach.

Become certified as a Literacy Specialist birth through grade 6

Differentiate literacy instruction by using cutting edge and innovative theory and practice.



Susan Goetz-HaverSusan Goetz-Haver
Program Director

The Advanced Literacy Specialization is especially designed for educators who hold a master's degree in Early Childhood or Childhood education and want to become literacy specialists in schools, clinics, private practice, or other professional settings, as well as take on literacy leadership positions. This program is right for you if you want to deepen your knowledge and skills in literacy theories and practices so you are able to assess, plan, and implement lessons that address the strengths and needs of diverse learners. In addition, you will develop strategies to work effectively with teachers and their students.

Admission Requirements

  • A master's degree in Education and current New York State classroom certification in Early Childhood and/or Childhood General Education.
  • Mature, self -aware and committed individuals who are excited about teaching and learning. There is an expectation of an ability and willingness to be reflective about one's own practices and work with children.
  • Excellent academic record and references.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.

Certification in Education

When you graduate from this program, you will be eligible for professional New York State certification as a Literacy Specialist (birth through grade 6).

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

The integration of coursework and field experiences is central to a Bank Street education. You will:

  • Engage in intensive, supportive fieldwork: Work in clinical settings as a student teacher (3 full days each week) or use your classroom setting (1-6) and an additional placement in after school or summer clinic.
  • Participate in a weekly collaborative conference group with your advisor and 5-7 other graduate students. You will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing in-depth conversations about teaching and learning.
  • Work as a Teaching Assistant in a Bank Street Literacy course.
  • Benefit from individual meetings with your advisor twice each month.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates work as Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches in public, charter, or independent schools.
  • Those graduates who choose to teach outside of New York State can usually arrange for reciprocity for teaching certification in their new location.