Opening doors, one word at a time. Among other settings, students in the Saint Rose graduate program in literacy, work at a refugee program close to campus. Here, a student instructs a girl from Thailand – assistance given to help her thrive in a new country.

Literacy programs prepare master literacy teachers to work as classroom teachers, specialists, literacy coaches, or program coordinators.

A Saint Rose master’s degree in literacy prepares educators to teach young people to read – providing invaluable assistance to children arriving in the United States and a leg up in the job market. Students learn their skills in local school settings and a refugee center close to campus.

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Master’s Programs in Literacy

Each 30-credit-hour program prepares master literacy teachers to work as classroom teachers, specialists, literacy coaches, or program coordinators. The two programs are divided by age range:

MSED in Literacy: Birth-Grade 6

This program is for students with a bachelor’s degree and certification in Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education). View the Program Planning Sheet below.

Program Planning Sheet Birth - Grade 6

MSED in Literacy: Grades 5-12

This program is for students with a bachelor’s degree and certification in Secondary Education (Middle Childhood Education or Adolescent Education).

Program Planning Sheet Grades 5-12

Certificates of Advanced Study in Literacy

Saint Rose offers certification-only programs in Literacy (24 credit hours each):

Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy: Birth - Grade 6

This program is for students with a master’s degree and certification in Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education).

Certificate Only Program Sheets Birth - Grade 6

Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy: Grades 5 - 12

This program is for students with a master’s degree and certification in Secondary Education (Middle Childhood Education or Adolescent Education).

Certificate Only Program Sheets Grades 5 - 12

Expected Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Literacy Program will:
  • Understand elements of literacy and the impact of developmental, effective, social, economic, cultural and linguistic factors of literacy development on the individual student IRA 1, 4; CSR 1;
  • Acquire the knowledge of various assessment techniques and apply this knowledge to understand needs and differentiate instruction IRA 3; CSR 4;
  • Create balanced, integrated and comprehensive curriculum using a wide range of approaches, methods and instructional strategies for the effective teaching of reading and writing IRA 2; CSR 3;
  • Select from a variety of instructional materials, and use those that are high-quality, appropriate and representative of a variety of media IRA 2, 5; CSR 8.
  • Be able to create a literate environment that meets the diverse needs of students and facilitates connections across content areas as well as with the world outside the school IRA 5; CSR 6.
  • Be prepared to teach in a variety of instructional settings, including clinical practice, classroom teaching and small group instruction IRA 2, 4; CSR 3, 6;
  • Broaden their understanding and valuing of the strengths and needs of the individual learner through instructional experiences with a range of diverse students in terms of culture, language and ability IRA 4; CSR 6;
  • Demonstrate the qualities and dispositions of the literacy profession. Be qualified to effectively interact and work with students, parents, teachers and administrators IRA 6; CSR 5.

The Literacy (B-6) Program at the College of Saint Rose has prepared me well for entering the field of education. After graduating, I received an opportunity for full time employment as a special education teacher.

The program allowed me to become extremely familiar with literacy assessments and research-based remediation strategies that I can confidently apply in my classroom. The practical application that is part of the program is a valuable component.

Gina Bikowicz

Childhood/Special Education (1-6), English (7-9), Literacy B-6

The Saint Rose Difference

Literacy courses focus on reading and writing as processes and the various factors that impact an individual’s literacy ability. Graduates of this program are proficient in determining the strengths and weaknesses of individual readers and writers, and implementing instruction tailored to their needs. Candidates benefit from courses that combine theory and research with field experience. Dedicated and experienced faculty members are dedicated to developing skilled teachers who are sensitive to students’ literacy abilities and development. They make themselves available and accessible to graduate students at times that meet the students’ needs. For the convenience of working teachers, most classes are scheduled in the evening and during the summer. Students are required to teach in clinical and school settings. They work with children who struggle with reading and writing due to socio-cultural, linguistic and academic diversity. They also have opportunities to provide professional development and work on grants. The program meets the requirements for literacy specialist in New York State and follows the Standards for Literacy Professionals established by the International Literacy Association (former International Reading Association) in 2010. The literacy program has maintained accreditation by the International Literacy Association since 2003.

I use the skills and techniques that I gained from the program to assist my teachings every day. The program has made me a stronger teacher and has prepared me to go into any school with a strong knowledge of literacy.

I was in the Literacy Grades 5-12 program at the college. The program made me very confident and prepared to work in the education field. I am currently employed at a school teaching English for grade 9 and 10.

Lori Blosser

High School English Teacher