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Master of Arts
Literacy Education
Grades 5–12, Professional Certification

Not Accepting Applications

To best meet the needs of our students, we have decided to suspend enrollment in the Master of Arts in Literacy Education, Grades 5–12, Professional Certification. We encourage you to explore other programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Become a literacy specialist or an educator with expertise in integrating the teaching of reading and writing into your curriculum for middle and high school students of all learning levels. Through course work and multiple fieldwork placements, you’ll become eligible to earn the New York State Literacy Specialist Certificate.


Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Literacy Education, Grades 5–12, Professional Certification

Licensure or Certification
Full-time or Part-time

Nationally recognized, full-time faculty members will teach most of your courses, ensuring that you learn:

  • Explicit techniques for teaching reading and writing skills to middle and high school students with varying levels of ability
  • Methods for meeting the literacy needs within specific subject areas such as science, math, English, and social studies
  • Supportive strategies for the literacy and language development of diverse learners at varying developmental stages, skill levels, and socio-cultural contexts
  • A diagnostic-intervention protocol to guide all children's progress toward English Language Arts (ELA) standards
  • Leadership skills for facilitating school literacy improvement as a literacy coach
  • Specialized strategies for supporting students with literacy-associated difficulties

Where Theory and Practice Meet

Through courses that help you understand the principles of language and literacy learning, you’ll begin to interpret literacy as the variety of ways in which people think, learn, and communicate through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our program emphasizes the utilization of current research in word recognition, comprehension, vocabulary, and expressive writing, as well as the development of diverse learners. 

Extensive Field Experiences

You’ll have opportunities to incorporate the application of the content you’re learning in the classroom out in the field, and often in your school or classroom if you are a practicing teacher. You will also complete a culminating Clinical Literacy Practicum, in which you’ll engage in supervised, long-term individualized tutoring with children who have literacy difficulties.

The Literacy Education program is open to candidates who hold or are eligible for a provisional certificate in middle or secondary education or an initial certificate in either middle childhood or adolescence education.This degree leads to eligibility for the New York State Literacy Specialist Certificate. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a number of careers including: 

  • Classroom teacher or interventionist with specialized expertise teaching reading and writing in grades 5–12 in both public and private schools
  • School literacy specialist or literacy coach, including as a part of the NYC DOE literacy specialist hiring initiative
  • Literacy expert in clinical settings, including private tutoring, dyslexia intervention, and psycho-educational centers
  • Editor or publisher of educational materials for literacy teaching and assessment

Learn more about teacher certification and our degree's accreditation.