The Learning Experience
Students engage in a rich experience of coursework in language, culture, reading, writing, literature, and assessment. Field placements in school, family, and community settings give students hands-on experiences working with children and adolescents. Students complete their studies with a 30-hour practicum at the Reading/Writing/Learning Clinic at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Center on the Hofstra Campus, where they assess, plan, and carry out instruction to meet the needs of their students, under the supervision of literacy program faculty. Students learn multiple approaches to reading and writing assessment with a strong focus on sociocultural perspectives in literacy. These practices and approaches are supported by New York state's Common Core Learning Standards in Language Arts and Literacy. Classes are small and participatory.
Graduates of the MSEd, MA, and Advanced Certificate programs in Literacy Studies are highly sought out for positions on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area as classroom teachers, school level literacy specialists, content area teachers, special education teachers, district level lead teachers for the language arts, school and public librarians, nursery school teachers and directors, administrators of schools and organizations, and community college faculty. They have found jobs as close by as Uniondale and as far away as Alaska.
The Literacy Studies program also provides literacy-across-the-curriculum courses for programs throughout the School of Education.
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:
- MSEd in Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6) and Special Education (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades 1-6) 48-50 s.h.
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.
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 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 Certificate in Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6)
- Advanced Certificate in Literacy Studies (Grades 5-12)
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.