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Course content

• A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Résumé or curriculum vitae.
• Submission of a copy of current teaching certificate within the first 15 credit hours completed in the program.
• Six credit hours of undergraduate study in literacy education focusing on teaching methods.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Literacy Educator program addresses the interests of candidates who seek greater understanding of literacy and literacy education, but do not intend to pursue careers as Literacy Specialists. Graduates of this program will satisfy the academic requirements for Professional certification in their current certification area but will not be eligible for additional certification as a Literacy Specialist. Program courses also available at Watertown JCC campus. Program Start Date: Fall (Preferred), Spring, Summer

Required Program Courses
Minimum of 33 credit hours:

GRDG 600, Foundations of Literacy ...................................3 credits
GRDG 605, Literacy Assessment and Evaluation .....................3 credits
GRDG 640, Literature Based Literacy Instruction ...................3 credits
GRDG 681, Literacy Educatory Portfolio ..............................3 credits

GRDG 655, Literacy Intervention Strategies, B-6 ....................3 credits
GRDG 656, Literacy Intervention Strategies, B-12 ..................3 credits

Two Controlled Electives: 6 credit hours

Four Content or Content-Linking Courses: 12 credit hours

The following initial certification areas may use this program to satisfy requirements for Professional Certification: Early Childhood B-2, Childhood 1-6, Generalist 5-9, English 5-9, Mathematics 5-9, Social Studies 5-9, English 7-12, Mathematics 7-12, Social Studies 7-12, Special Education Birth-2, Special Education 1-6, Special Education Generalist 5-9, Special Education English 5-9, Special Education Math 5-9, Special Education Social Studies 5-9, Special Education English 7-12, Special Education Math 7-12, Special Education, Social Studies 7-12.

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting http://www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Uniqueness of Program

The program is designed so that full-time candidates who begin their study on campus in the Fall or Summer semesters may complete their program in one calendar year. Most, but not all, degree requirements for the Literacy Educator program may also be completed in Watertown, NY, on the Jefferson Community College campus. There is no practicum requirement for the Literacy Educator program, however, field components are integrated throughout the program.


“I chose to obtain my MSED in Literacy (B-6) because I strongly believe that literacy is the basis of all learning. In my teaching experiences, I have seen many students who struggle with reading, which leads to difficulty learning other subjects. I feel that the program better prepares me to provide students with the most effective reading skills, as reading has become the foundation of education.” —Beth Woods ’14

Visit the MSED Literacy Educator page on the State University of New York at Potsdam website for more details!





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