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  • Single Certification programs
  • Dual Certification program
  • Non-Certification program

Reading & Literacy Programs

  • Teaching Literacy & Childhood General Education, 55 credits

    The Childhood General Education and Teaching Literacy program is right for you if you hope to work with children either as a classroom teacher with a focus on reading and language arts or as a reading and literacy specialist, and if you do not have prior certification in either early childhood education or elementary education.

    • Master of Science in Education
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Work in an elementary classroom (1-6) as a full-time assistant or head teacher, with an additional after school or summer clinical placement or in classroom settings and classroom and clinical settings as a student teacher (3 full days each week).
    • When you graduate, you will be eligible for initial certification in Childhood Education (grades 1 through 6), and for certification as a Literacy Specialist (birth through grade 6). After three years of teaching, you will be eligible for professional certification.

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    Career Opportunities

    • Graduates teach in elementary school classrooms in the 1st through 6th grade range in either public, charter or independent schools.
    • Graduates also work as Reading Specialists 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.
  • Teaching Literacy: Classroom Focus, 40 credits

    The Teaching Literacy: Focus on Classroom Teaching program is right for you if you want to deepen your literacy teaching skills by creating effective literacy instruction for diverse classroom and clinical settings. You will also develop teaching approaches that enable you to apply your knowledge to assess, design, and implement lessons that meet the strengths and needs of different literacy learners.

    • Master of Science in Education
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Work in an elementary classroom (1-6) as a full-time assistant or head teacher, with an additional after school or summer clinical placement or in classroom settings and classroom and clinical settings as a student teacher (3 full days each week).
    • After you graduate, you will be eligible for professional New York State certification as a Literacy Specialist (birth through grade 6). This master's degree will also lead to professional certification in your area of initial certification after you have taught for three years.

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    Admissions Requirements

    • Initial certification in Early Childhood or Childhood General Education. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity. Click here for an outline of the process.

    Career Opportunities

    • Graduates with Literacy Specialist Degree obtain classroom jobs, preschool through sixth grade range, in public, charter or independent schools.
    • Graduates also work as Reading Specialists 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.
  • Teaching Literacy: Clinical Focus, 40 credits

    The Teaching Literacy: Focus on Clinical Teaching program is right for you if you want to develop teaching approaches that enable you to apply your knowledge of literacy theories and practices to assess, design, and implement lessons that meet the strengths and needs for a range of diverse learners. You will deepen your knowledge of classroom literacy practices and expand your repertoire of clinical teaching practices.

    • Master of Science in Education
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Work in an elementary classroom (1-6) as a full-time assistant or head teacher, with an additional after school or summer clinical placement or in classroom settings and classroom and clinical settings as a student teacher (3 full days each week).
    • When you graduate from this program you will be eligible to earn certification as a Literacy Specialist (birth through grade 6). This master's degree will also lead to professional certification in your area of initial certification after you have taught for three years.

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    Admissions Requirements

    • Initial certification in Early Childhood or Childhood General Education. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity. Click here for an outline of the process.

    Career Opportunities

    • Graduates with Literacy Specialist Degree obtain classroom jobs, preschool through sixth grade range, in public, charter or independent schools.
    • Graduates also work as Reading Specialists 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.
  • Advanced Literacy Specialization, 30-33 credits

    The Advanced Literacy Specialization 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.

    • Master of Science in Education
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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. Work as a Teaching Assistant in a Bank Street Literacy course.
    • When you graduate from this program, you will be eligible for professional New York State certification as a Literacy Specialist (birth through grade 6).

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    Admissions Requirements

    • A master's degree in Education and current New York State classroom certification in Early Childhood and/or Childhood General Education.

    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.
  • Reading & Literacy: Clinical Practice (Non-Certification), 45 credits

    The Reading and Literacy: Clinical Practice is right for you if you want develop teaching approaches that enable you to apply your knowledge to assess, design, and implement lessons that meet the multiple and complex needs of different literacy learners.

    • Master of Science in Education
    • This program does not lead to New York State certification.

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    Career Opportunities

    • Graduates from the Reading and Literacy program work in private schools, private practice and in clinics.

Explore cutting edge and innovative literacy theory and practice

Develop teaching approaches that apply your knowledge and skills to assess, plan, design, and implement instruction that meet the strengths and needs of different literacy learners.

Learn from core faculty mentors with rich practitioner experience

Become certified as a Literacy Specialist.



Lynne EinbenderLynne Einbender
Program Director

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. Find out which program is right for you below.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • Breadth and depth in courses in liberal arts and sciences as required by New York State Department of Education.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.
  • Please see the list of programs above for any program-specific admissions requirements, and feel free to reach out to one of our admissions counselors for more information.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

  • Engage in intensive, supportive fieldwork, which will include experiences designing and implementing individual, small group, and whole class instruction.
  • Participate in a weekly collaborative conference group with your advisor and 5-7 other graduate students where you will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing in-depth conversations about teaching and learning.
  • Benefit from individual meetings with your advisor twice each month.