Reading/Literacy Education Specialization (13RL)

Aaron Isabelle, Coordinator, (845) 257-2837

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Education Childhood Education 1-6 program may choose to specialize in Reading/Literacy. The planned outcome of the Reading/Literacy Education track is the enhanced ability to assist elementary children in developing essential skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The NYS Common Core State Standards in ELA serve as a guide for course development and completion. This specialization will NOT lead to certification as a Literacy teacher. Students requiring certification as a Literacy teacher should enroll in either 030A: M.S. Ed. in Literacy Education, B-6, or 030B: M.S. Ed. in Literacy Education, Grades 5-12.

Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the program need to:

  • Hold a current elementary or childhood teaching certificate from New York State. A copy of this certificate must be submitted as part of the application process. (Note: Students may be accepted into the program "pending" receipt of their teaching certificate if the teaching certificate is being processed by NYSED or if the student is nearing completion of an approved teacher education program.)
  • Have earned an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Complete an admission application available from The Graduate School and provide official transcripts of all college/university coursework:
  • Submit three letters of recommendation on professional letterhead from professionals addressing the competency of the candidate. At least one letter should come from a professor with whom the candidate has taken undergraduate course work;
  • Earn a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (Note: all applicants who apply after August 20, 2015 will be required to take the GRE; prior to this date, the GRE was optional).
Liberal Arts and Science Core (9 Credits)
Select 9 credits by advisement 19
Elementary Content Core (15 Credits)
EED550Advanced Child Development 3
Select one of the following:3
Issues of Racism and Sexism in Education
Issues in Multicultural Education
Tchg. Learners of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
Education Across Borders:International Ideas and Experience
SED701Inquiry into Teaching, Learning, and School: Part I 3
SED702Inquiry into Teaching, Learning, and School: Part II Every Semester 3
SPE565Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms 23
Pedagogical Core (12-15 Credits)
The pedagogical core is developed from the student’s choice of a specialization track and additional graduate education elective(s).12-15
Possible courses to be selected through advisement:
Literacy and Reading Development - Birth - Kindergarten
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Literacy and Language Learners
Creative Writing for Elementary School Teachers
Content Area Literacy, 1-6
Total Credits36-39

Requirements for Completion of the Degree

Candidates are required to:

  • Develop a plan of study with an advisor after matriculating into the program;
  • Complete prescribed course work and other requirements within three years of matriculation;
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.
  • Complete "Dignity for All Students Act" (DASA) Training;

A typical four-semester program for a full-time student would consist of two summer sessions, one fall semester, and one spring semester. There is some flexibility in planning sequences of courses, depending on course availability.