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Graduate Literacy Program

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Why Choose Saint Rose for Graduate Study in Literacy?

Saint Rose prepares extraordinary teachers, here’s how.

The master’s degree and advanced certificate programs in literacy at Saint Rose prepares educators to teach students ranging from birth to 12th grade the reading and writing skills they need to excel in school, life, and work.

All programs meet the educational requirements to receive teaching certification in NYS via either a 30-credit degree or 24-credit program of advanced study, thus creating a wider range of job opportunities for graduates. As early-career specialized literacy professionals (SLPs), graduates of the program are also primed to work collaboratively to lead a school’s literacy program and guide teachers in new methods and assessments in literacy.

Our program prepares literacy professionals to make high-level professional decisions working with students with diverse needs. To accomplish this, our course work provides both literacy theory and guided teaching experiences in various educational settings.

We inspire our candidates to be competent, compassionate, and reflective teachers who are committed to being strong advocates for their students.

Candidates gain practical experience in local schools and at a refugee center close to campus. They learn to support both local and immigrant populations in ways that are interactive and engaging. For those currently working in a school setting, practicum hours can be completed at a student’s workplace and observations can be done via video.

Program Highlights

  • Program completers have a 100% pass rate on the New York State Content Specialty Examination in Literacy.
  • Video observations of practicums provide greater convenience for students currently working in educational settings while keeping the level of mentoring as high as that of in-person observations.
  • Our on-campus Curriculum Library offers access to all major programs and assessments used by schools.
  • Students receive the benefit of a three-way mentoring relationship. They are connected with both their faculty and an school-based mentor in their practicum placement.
  • Hands-on experience includes a local refugee center, where students can apply classroom knowledge to a specific group of learners with specialized needs.


Average Time to Completion

One calendar year regardless of when students start (fall, spring, or summer semester)

Start Times for Admission

We offer rolling admission — students can begin in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Class Availability

Classes are held weekdays between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters and between 4 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. during the summer semester.

Saint Rose has many funding options that can make your education affordable:


Master’s Degree Program

30-credit-hour program prepares literacy teachers to work as classroom teachers, literacy specialists, coaches, or program coordinators.

MSED in Literacy: B-12 — This program is for students with a bachelor’s degree and certification in Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education).

Certificate of Advanced Study

Saint Rose offers a certification-only program in Literacy (24 credit hours). This Certificate of Advanced Study program is offered at a discounted rate of $600 per credit.

Earn your Advanced Certificate in Literacy, online or in person, in as little as three semesters.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy: Birth – Grade 12 — Grow your skill set and your career horizons with minimal disruption to your schedule. If you already hold or are currently completing a master’s degree in education, our 24-credit certificate in literacy prepares you to help students, from birth through grade 12, excel in literacy and the language arts. Certificate options are Birth – Grade 12; or Birth – Grade 6/ 5-12 with enhanced training in instructional leadership and adult learning.


Sample coursework

  • Advanced developmental literacy
  • Theories and teaching of writing
  • Theories of literacy
  • Diagnosis and remediation of literacy problems
  • School-based practicum in teaching literacy
  • Teaching literacy to English language learners
  • Instructional Leadership and Adult Learning

What Our Students Say

Through the M.S. in Literacy program, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from superior faculty members. The knowledge I attained at Saint Rose helps me every day in my role as a primary school literacy specialist.”

– Katherine Gardner, B.S. in Psychology,’11, M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, G’14, Childhood Education CAS, G’14, Literacy CAS, G’19, M.S.Ed. in Literacy, G’20
Remedial reading and math teacher, Ichabod Crane Primary School

The literacy program at Saint Rose was an amazing learning experience. The professors were very knowledgeable and great advocates for my
education. Because of my degree in literacy, I was able to obtain the district job I wanted!”


– Alyssa Marie Moore G’18, M.S.Ed. literacy (B-6), Advanced certificate: Certified special education (2018)
First Grade Teacher, Hudson City School District

Exceptional Faculty

Emphasis on inventive hands-on learning

Expert practitioners as well as respected researchers knowledgeable in trends throughout the global marketplace, our faculty hold you to the highest standards of ethics and transparency as well as academic excellence, and encourage you and your classmates to be effective in all aspects of business.

Teachers come to the graduate literacy program because they want to be expert practitioners and educational leaders. They want a program that will equip them with the expertise and know-how to implement and stay current with “what works”. They know that a no-nonsense program is what they need in order to be good at what they do and to confidently demonstrate for others what makes an educator exceptional. They know they will leave as excellent literacy educators, coaches, leaders and educational researchers. They know why they are here, they have chosen Saint Rose, and the program strives continually to meet and exceed their expectations in both program design and execution.”Michelle Mcanuff Gumbs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Literacy
Literacy Program Coordinator

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Career Outlook

Impact the future of your students.

Rest assured, no matter where your future classroom is, you will leave Saint Rose knowing that what you do in your own classroom positively impacts students’ futures.

Listen to our alumni share their “#WhyITeach” stories, and start your path to becoming an extraordinary educator.

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Schools Where Saint Rose Graduates Teach:

  • Albany Charter School Network
  • Ballston Area Community Center
  • Bethlehem Central School District
  • Brighter Choice Charter Schools
  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District
  • CA Henry County Schools
  • Capital Region BOCES
  • Charles County Public Schools
  • City School District of Albany
  • Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
  • Cohoes City School District
  • Cooperstown Central School District
  • Elmont Union Free School District, Garden City, NY
  • Georgia Longwood Central School District, Long Island, NY
  • Guilderland Central School District
  • Maryland Houston Public Schools
  • Middleburgh Central School District
  • New York City Public Schools
  • Schenectady City School District
  • Shenendehowa United Methodist Preschool
  • South Colonie Central School District
  • Texas San Diego Public Schools
  • Troy City School District

– (self-reported job outcome location from program completer surveys.)

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Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.

Literacy Program Coordinator
Department of Literacy and Special Education
School of Education
1009 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

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