Teaching Literacy, Grades 5 to 12 Certificate
Our Teaching Literacy, Birth to Grade 6 Advanced Certificate is for tomorrow’s great reading teachers, literacy coaches and remedial reading and writing specialists. The program prepares students for initial or professional certification through five total courses and 50 hours of practical experience. An initial certification from New York State or an equivalent certification from another state is required.
Students can pursue careers as:
- Reading teacher
- Literacy coach
- Remedial reading and writing specialist
- Classroom teacher with strong competence in classroom literacy instruction and assessment
Frequently Asked Questions
More than just how to teach students to read. You’ll learn about the background and foundations of literacy, practices for emergent literacy, English language learners, and teaching students with disabilities, as well as child and adolescent literature, content area reading and writing, literacy assessment, and research techniques.
Yes. An initial certification from New York State or an equivalent certification from another state is required.
The following exams are required for initial candidates: EAS, CST(s) in your certification area(s), and the edTPA during student teaching, which is the last semester. Other state requirements include fingerprinting and workshops (DASA, Child Abuse, Violence Prevention, Health and Safety). The following exams are required for advanced candidates: CST(s) in your certification area(s).
Yes. Schools need teachers who are highly trained in literacy. The recent emphasis on literacy in national and state education agendas requires that our elementary, middle and high schools employ highly qualified literacy teachers and specialists.
The School of Education offers a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Secondary Education, 7-12; Teaching Literacy, Birth-Grade 12; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Educational Supervision; Educational Administration.
Applicants to this program must include a copy of the initial certificate with their application materials.
Please refer to the general requirements for admission and matriculation in the Graduate Admissions section of the course catalog. Please review the prerequisite preparation for each program and consult with the program chair or associate dean.
Requirements for admission and matriculation include:
1. A completed application for admission.
2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate degrees.
3. A résumé.
Program Details & Curriculum
Total: 15 Credits
The 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Teaching Literacy, Grades 5-12 will permit qualified applicants, who have a master's degree and hold a teaching certificate in another area to earn initial or professional certification in Teaching Literacy, Grades 5-12. This certificate requires completion of the five courses, completion of Content Specialty Test in Literacy and completion of 50 hours of practical experience in EDUC 659. Applicants to this program must also include a copy of the initial certificate with their application materials.
By the end of this program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a solid content knowledge base that enables them to deliver effective educational and professional services based on current research, theory and practice
- Employ multiple pedagogical and professional strategies and tools to enable them to be effective practitioners in educational settings and deliver services that promote students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development
- Understand the diverse cultural, linguistic, learning, and social strengths and needs of all populations, and incorporate and demonstrate sensitivity to the richness of diverse cultures when providing educational and other school services
- Employ technology to deliver information, instruction, and professional services to all members of the school community
- Reflect on professional practice to make educational decisions and enhance student learning
- Demonstrate positive dispositions that enable them to work as effective educators, citizens, and practitioners within the school and broader community
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