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MSED Literacy Specialist


Course Description

• A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional 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 Specialist program has been designed to meet the certification regulations of the New York State Education Department, as well as the Standards for Literacy Professionals of the International Reading Association. This program allows candidates to qualify for initial certification in one of the following levels, as well as satisfying the academic requirements for Professional certification in their Initial New York certification area: Early Childhood and Childhood (Birth- Grade 6) and Middle Childhood and Adolescence (Grade 5-12). Program courses also available at Watertown JCC campus. Program Start Date: Fall (Preferred), Spring, Summer

Required Program Courses
Minimum of 36 credit hours:

GRDG 600, Foundations of Literacy ...................................3 credits
GRDG 605, Literacy Assessment and Evaluation .....................3 credits
GRDG 610, Seminar: Literacy Research ...............................3 credits
GRDG 615, Literacy:Family/School/Community Collaboration ...3 credits
GRDG 620, Literacy and Linguistically Diverse Learners ..........3 credits
GRDG 625, Using Technology to Teach Literacy ...........................3 credits

Early Childhood/Childhood Literacy Concentration (B-6):
GRDG 655, Literacy Intervention Strategies, B-6 .................3 credits
GRDG 660, Teaching Writing, B-6 .................................3 credits
GRDG 665, Emergent Literacy .......................................3 credits
GRDG 690, Literacy Practicum, B-2................................3 credits
GRDG 691, Literacy Practicum, 3-6 ................................3 credits

Middle Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Concentration (5-12):
GRDG 656, Literacy Intervention Strategies, 5-12 ...............3 credits
GRDG 661, Teaching Writing, Grades 5-12 .......................3 credits
GRDG 670, Teaching Reading and Study Skills in Content ....3 credits
GRDG 696, Literacy Practicum, 5-8 ................................3 credits
GRDG 697, Literacy Practicum, 9-12 ..............................3 credits

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation pro- gram candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking ad- mission 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 three semesters. Most, but not all, degree requirements for the Literacy Specialist program may also be completed in Watertown, NY, on the Jefferson Community College campus.

Testimonial

“The Literacy Specialist profession is rapidly growing and is one of the most highly desired certification areas by school districts today.”

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

Videos
(Student Profile)

Juliana Brush

2359.png Juliana Brush is in a first-year student in the Literacy Specialist program. She wants to be a reading teacher for children between Pre-K and 6th grade, who struggle with reading because she has always loved to read and her passion for reading has only grown since childhood. Juliana works in the Sheard Literacy Center as a Graduate Assistant, spending time working closely with the mentoring program, in which three local schools send children from Pre-K through 8th grade to the Potsdam campus Monday-Thursday for the undergrad Childhood/Early Childhood Education majors to mentor.

Wanting to stay close to home, Juliana chose SUNY Potsdam, even though she was torn between Potsdam and Clarkson at first. When she came to visit the Potsdam campus, she had that feeling of it being the right choice for her. The open and friendly environment is her favorite thing about Potsdam, and she believes that the professors and students really care about each other and try to help each other.

(Student Profile)

Angie Ward

2374.png Angie Ward is a first year graduate student in the Literacy Specialist program. She wants to become a reading teacher for students in grades Pre-K - 6, who struggle with reading. She thinks of this profession as an opportunity to give back, as she once struggled with reading herself and had wonderful teachers to help her along the way. Upon completing her degree, she hopes to find a teaching job in the area.

Angie is also a Graduate Assistant in the Sheard Literacy Center, where students from some of the local elementary and middle schools will come to for a few hours afterschool Monday-Thursday for the education students to mentor. Angie chose to attend Potsdam because it was close to home for her and liked the fact that Potsdam is such a safe and comforting town. The faculty and staff are very knowledgeable and friendly, providing small class sizes and the opportunities to really get to know your peers well. She encourages anyone who has an interest in the teaching field to check Potsdam out.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

• A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study.

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