Become an elementary teacher and literacy specialist
In this master’s-level teaching program for individuals without an undergraduate degree in Education, you’ll learn to teach common-branch subjects in grades 1-6 and to specialize in teaching students struggling to read and write.
About Sage’s Childhood Education/Literacy Degree
This combined Childhood Education/Literacy degree program stands out due to its focus on best practices and digital literacy. You’ll learn how to teach in a face-to-face format as well as remotely, getting experience teaching general education students and diverse, at-risk urban learners alike.
Faculty in our teaching degree programs are teachers and administrators in a variety of schools, ensuring the program is enriched with real-word problems and solutions.
When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to become New York State-certified in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Literacy Specialist (Birth-Grade 6) upon successfully completing the Content Specialty tests and edTPA.
This teaching program, part of the Esteves School of Education, is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).
If you have initial certification in Childhood Education and wish to add certification as a literacy specialist, please see Sage’s Master of Education in Literacy program or dual master’s degree in Literacy and Special Education.
What is a General Educator?
Those who teach common-branch subjects (reading, writing, science, mathematics, social studies) are general educators. General educators provide high-quality instruction for all learners within their classroom. They also work closely with other colleagues, including literacy specialists, speech/language teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and special educators to provide appropriate, targeted instruction within the regular classroom.
What is a Literacy Specialist?
Literacy specialists have advanced and detailed understanding of how to teach reading and writing. They provide targeted instruction for students who struggle in these areas, diagnose, interpret, design and implement small group work within and outside the classroom as appropriate. They also provide professional development and support for general education teachers.
“Russell Sage College and the Esteves School of Education act as leaders in teacher education not just in the Capital District, but in New York State.”
Peter Stapleton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Careers with a Childhood Education and Literacy Degree
You’ll go on to teach childhood education to students in grades 1-6 and literacy education for birth-grade 6 after you finish the program and pass the CST and complete the edTPA.
Meet students, faculty and alumni from Sage’s teacher education programs.
Tahisha Richards, MSEd
Tahisha Richards figured the moment had passed her by. For so long she’d thought one day she’d become a teacher. …
“The professors were amazing. They were both down-to-earth and full of knowledge. They were always ready to answer my questions. And believe me, I’m a question-asker.”
It almost feels like understatement to say Jennie Evans is well educated. After attaining her bachelor’s degree, she came to …
- develop, implement units and evaluate units of study and lesson plans that are aligned to appropriate standards
- learn to use assessment to inform instructional decisions
- become a reflective educator grounded in best practices
- use technology to aid you in the classroom
Students are required to submit the following:
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- one letter of recommendation
- 1-2 page career goals essay
- GRE is not required
Deadline: Rolling Admission
Start Date: Fall, Spring, Summer semester