Literacy Education, Grades 5-12

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

The programs in literacy education provide academic study and supervised field experiences at the elementary or secondary school levels for students holding New York State initial or professional certification  in early childhood education, childhood education, special education, (or speech/language), ESL, or a grade 7-12 academic subject. Individuals are prepared to assume leadership roles as competent and qualified literacy teachers, specialists and consultants. The completion of this degree and other requirements leads to New York state certification* as a literacy teacher.

Students must complete the degree within five years of matriculating in the program and must earn a cumulative average of B or better to graduate. See also: Graduate School Academic Policies.

For Binghamton University Literacy Program graduates ONLY, an Additional Certification in Literacy is available.

Literacy Education, Grades 5-12

Minimum Requirements for Degree (courses are subject to change)

This program requires a minimum of 36 credit-hours. Students who have completed some program requirements prior to matriculation may take other appropriate courses as electives with the adviser's approval.

Required Courses

LTRC 513. Language and Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners in K-12 Classrooms 4 credits
LTRC 515. Current Research, Theory, and Practices in Literacy Instruction   4 credits 
LTRC 517.   Culturally Diverse Literature for Children and Adolescents   4 credits 
LTRC 518. Literacy Assessment and Teaching (prerequisite: LTRC 515)     4 credits 
LTRC 521.  Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Secondary Students     4 credits
LTRC 519.   Adolescent Learners and Literacy for the Content Areas 4 credits
EDUC 530. Adolescent Psychology and Education    4 credits 
EDUC 541. Applied Research Techniques      4 credits
SPED 500.  Special Education for Content Area Teachers     4 credits
  Supervised Practicum - 4 credits  
LTRC 592.  Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Leadership  4 credits

Students concurrently complete a position paper that includes a survey of the literature and an action research component.       

Plan of Study Form
The following link provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

Plan of Study Form for the Literacy Education Grades 5-12 MSEd Program                                                                                                           

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Last Updated: 8/2/16