The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers an advanced-certification literacy program that culminates in a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree. This program provides broad academic study and supervised field experiences in literacy education for certified teachers who are prepared to assume leadership roles as competent and qualified literacy instructors, specialists and consultants. Two tracks are available: birth–grade 6 and grades 5–12.
The program follows the International Reading Association's Guidelines for the Specialized Preparation of Reading Professionals and guidelines established by the New York State Commissioner of Education. Integrally woven into the program are understandings of critical literacy, multiculturalism and diversity in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, culture, language, socio-economic background, learning style and ability.
The program boasts strong content speciality as well as diverse student and faculty background. Faculty advisors and office staff are always available to assist students in tailoring their course of study and field placements. Students are encouraged to take advantage of a well-established network of alumni and professional connections that will help with student teaching and field visits and placement. There are urban, suburban and rural schools in close proximity where student teaching opportunities are available.
After You Graduate
The completion of this degree and other requirements leads to a New York State certification as a literacy teacher. Employment opportunities for teachers have improved significantly over the last few years, particularly for teachers who are willing to relocate. Alumni of our programs in education teach at numerous schools regionally and around the country. Due to strict licensure rules, a New York State teaching license is well respected across the nation. Typically, graduates of the programs easily find employment as teachers in other states.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation (the CCPA will accept additional letters of recommendation)
- Personal statement (Please see the CCPA Admissions website for additional information about the personal statement)
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Teaching certification for in-service applicants
- Any program-specific materials (please see the CCPA Admissions website for details)