Literacy Studies

Literacy Studies


Enrich the lives of children, adolescents, and adults with a degree in Literacy Studies from Hofstra University. Learn from expert faculty members who model best practices, and gain hands-on experience through on-campus practicums. Receive one-on-one support for mastering education technology and the integration of new media into your teaching. Deepen your education by engaging in author and scholar events and through Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the International Literacy Association. Graduates of certification-based programs are eligible for New York State Literacy Specialist certification. Learn more about our master’s degrees, certificates, and doctoral programs below.

Program Highlights

Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admission team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at, or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for graduate study in Literacy Studies, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Programs that lead to New York State Teacher Certification require initial certification in another subject area. Advanced degree programs may require additional experience and education. See links below.

Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • Letters of reference
  • Personal statement of interests and career intentions

An interview with program faculty may be required.

If you are a current Hofstra student interested in pursuing the undergraduate/graduate dual-degree program, please contact your academic advisor. Direct any additional questions to

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.

Apply to Literacy Studies programs at any time with our rolling admissions policy.

The Literacy Studies programs are between 27 - 60 credits.

Visit the program pages to learn more.


MSEd in Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6 or Grades 5-12)
MSEd in Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6) and Special Education (Birth-Grade 2 or Grades 1-6)
MA in Literacy Studies (Non-Certification)
EdD/PhD in Literacy Studies
Advanced Certificate in Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6)
Advanced Certificate in Literacy Studies (Grades 5-12)


Office of Field Placement

Faculty Profiles

Theresa McGinnis

Dr. Theresa McGinnis, Associate Professor and program director, taught middle school students in urban Los Angeles and Philadelphia prior to teaching at the university level. Her teaching and research interests include sociocultural theories of literacy, transnational literacies, the ways youth integrate reading and writing with other semiotic modes, and culturally and socially significant meanings youth convey through their multilingual literacy and expressive practices.

Meet Dr. McGinnis

Jeanne Henry

Dr. Jeanne Henry, Associate Professor and program director, earned an Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests are in transmedia storytelling and response to literature gaming and narrative. Her teaching interests include new media literacy/media literacy, adolescent and children's literature, and sociolinguistics literacy.

Meet Dr. Henry
Theresa McGinnis
Jeanne Henry

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at