Literacy Education

MA in Literacy Education

We offer two master's degree options in Literacy Education: Birth through Grade 6 and Grades 5 through 12. Both options are available to teachers who have just completed their undergraduate education as well as those with one or more years of teaching experience.

These programs provide teachers who are eligible for certification or are already certified with the opportunity to earn the New York State Literacy Specialist Certificate with reciprocity in most other states.

These curricula are designed to prepare classroom teachers at the early childhood and elementary levels, or content area teachers at middle school and high school levels to address the needs of all their students by integrating strategic teaching of reading and writing throughout their speciality.

The program also focuses on the role of the literacy specialist in the whole-school context, and assists each student in developing the competence and the confidence needed to assume such a role. You can complete the degree in one year as a full-time student, or in two years as a part-time student.

PhD in Teaching and Learning

This rigorous doctoral program has a focus on Literacy Education and prepares students that are interested in research on language and literacy development – and who are committed to using this research to improve practice in pre-K-12 schools – to assume a variety of leading roles in education, research, and policy, nationally as well as globally. 


For more information about Literacy Education at NYU Steinhardt, please contact

Kay Stahl
Program Director
East Building, Room 504