Master of Science in Education

Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6) Hybrid program*

Graduates of this program have met the educational requirements to receive professional teaching certification in New York State. The Graduate Literacy Education Programs build upon initial skills and knowledge and further develop educational professional coaches and leaders who are committed to academic and professional excellence, the best research-based teaching practices, and empowerment, respecting diversity and social justice.

If you have a Masters in Education, and you're interested in getting certified in Literacy Education, you may do so by taking only a few graduate courses that SUNY Oneonta offers. Contact the Elementary Education program at 607-436-3176 for details!

Degree Requirements (BIRTH-GRADE 6):

  • A minimum of 30 s.h. of planned and approved course work as follows:
Theoretical and Knowledge Base I: 12 s.h.
EDUC 535 Children’s Literature & Reading
EDUC 545 Content Reading & Literacy in the Elementary Classroom
EDUC 584 Language Acquisition & Emergent Literacy
EDUC 631 Writing Process in Literacy Programs

Theoretical and Knowledge Base II: 6 s.h.
EDUC 634 Trends and Issues in Literacy

One Elective (select from the following):
EDUC 505 Early Childhood Curriculum& Assessment
EDUC 543 Elementary Mathematics Curriculum and Assessment
EDUC 552 Elementary Social Studies Curriculum and Assessment
EDUC 577 Issues in Diversity and Education
EDUC 592 Expressive Arts in the Elementary Classroom
EDUC 660 Elementary Science Curriculum and Assessment
SPED 512 Applied Behavior Analysis
CNED 602 Consultation in Educational Settings

Assessment and Research I : 6 s.h.
EDUC 636 Literacy Assessment
EDUC 655 Seminar in Graduate Study: Project Proposal

Assessment and Research II : 6 s.h.
EDUC 641 Literacy Assessment Practicum (Birth - 6)
EDUC 695 Seminar in Graduate Study: Master's Project and Practicum

Total 30 s.h.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Students must successfully complete an action-based research project as specified in EDUC 695.
  • Students must fulfill all degree requirements within six years and finish a minimum of 21 s.h. in residence.
  • *Hybrid programs are designed to be completed partially online and partially in the classroom.


Admission Requirements:

All students applying for admission to degree status are required to:

  • Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee. Application fee waived for SUNY Oneonta Alumni.
  • Submit a copy of New York State initial teaching certification in a functionally relevant area.**
  • Provide evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree in a functionally related area.
  • Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 overall and 3.0 in the major field during the last two years of undergraduate work.
  • Have earned at least 3 credits of developmental psychology, child or adolescent development.
  • Have earned at least 6 credits in reading or the teaching of reading.
  • Submit an essay outlining your specific academic areas of interest and your career goals. What do you anticipate doing in the next ten-year period?
  • Application deadline: Rolling.
  • GRE Scores are required for those applying for fall 2015 and subsequent semesters.
  • Fall, spring and summer admission. ***
  • APPLY ONLINE

**Teaching certificates from other states are considered and can be forthcoming.

*** Please note: Applicants for fall and spring admission to the Literacy B-6 program are limited to choosing part-time study only. For summer admission, you have the choice of full or part time study.

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