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Graduate Programs in Literacy Studies

Masters Programs in Literacy Studies

Contact: Theresa McGinnis (email), Program Director

The following master's program leads to NYS certification as a Literacy Specialist:

In addition the following dual program leads to NYS certification as a Literacy Specialist and a Teacher of Special Education:

These programs are designed for New York State initially-certified teachers in elementary or secondary education who want to earn a NYS professional certification as a Literacy Specialist, and in the case of the dual program, two certifications in Literacy and Special Education. Students also have the option of working toward an additional certification in a second developmental area while enrolled in one of the programs.

Non NYS Certification Program in Literacy Studies

Contact: Dr. Theresa McGinnis (email), Program Director

The following master's program is intended for those seeking advanced training in literacy studies applicable to settings such as private and international schools, nonprofit organizations and other out of school resources.

In this program, students will work on broadening the definition of literacy practices beyond traditional school-based literacy in order to address the issues of equity, access and opportunity that are involved in literacy acquisition in communities that are as economically, linguistically and ethnically diverse as those found in New York state. 

Advanced Certificates in Literacy Studies

Contact: Theresa McGinnis (email), Program Director

The Advanced Certificate is a post-master's program that leads to NYS certification as a Literacy Specialist. This 27-credit program is designed for New York State initially-certified teachers in elementary or secondary education who have already earned a master's degree and who want to earn a NYS professional certification as a Literacy Specialist. The program may be completed in person or online, and students have the option of working toward an additional certification in a second developmental area.

More About Graduate Programs in Literacy Studies

Ariel Adrian

In LYST 252: Digital Literacies: Implications for Research and Pedagogy, participants create their own digital story to experience the process of multimedia storytelling and to create a digital project they might use with their own students. Digital Stories are a form of multimedia storytelling where creators tell stories through the weaving of images, music, narrative writing, and voice. Click the play button above to view a digital story by one of our recent graduates.


Literacy Studies Students

(L to r) Students Kelly Corva (Teaching English as a Second Language), Allyson Grimaldi (Foreign Language Education), and Allison Herrera (Teaching English as a Second Language) in LYST 213: Introduction to Bilingual and Biliteracy Instruction for Children and Adolescents.


Literacy Studies LYST 241

(L to r): Diane Marshall (CAS in Literacy Studies), Veronica Urban (CAS, Literacy Studies), Jessica Miller (MSEd in Literacy Studies) and Dr. Alan Flurkey in LYST: 241: Reading Miscue Analysis.


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