Enrich the learning experience.

Literacy education is a multi-faceted tool that enhances learning about the world — and yourself.


This MSEd degree in Literacy Education prepares teachers to become literacy specialists. To enter this master’s in literacy program, you must have initial teacher certification in Childhood Education, or be eligible for initial certification. You’ll immerse yourself in educational changes to meet the needs of struggling readers and writers and help them thrive. You’ll conduct formal and informal assessments to determine the needs of your learners and become a resource for other educators on best practices and differentiating instruction within the classroom.


Professors keep up with the changes in education, bringing material into the classroom that is current and applicable. They promote practices that emphasize evidence-based teaching, diversity and inclusion and teacher reflection. They believe that the best learning happens in clinically rich contexts — so you’ll have several opportunities for fieldwork and hands-on learning. 

Program Distinctions

You’ll be certified as a literacy specialist in this MSEd degree program and build skills that allow you to not only teach face-to-face, but in a digital format as well. Become broadly versed in knowledge and strategies for teaching all types of students and learn how to develop an instructional plan for at-risk learners.

This master’s in Literacy Education program, part of the Esteves School of Education, is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

“Russell Sage College and the Esteves School of Education act as leaders in education not just in the Capital District, but in New York State.”

Peter Stapleton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

Go on to take the Content Specialty Test, which you must pass in order to become a literacy specialist. After this, graduates often work as classroom teachers with advanced knowledge in teaching reading and writing to at-risk learners or as literacy specialists at the elementary or secondary level.


Graduates of this MSEd degree program become literacy specialists — the go-to experts who share best practices with general education colleagues and provide direct instruction to small groups of learners who struggle in reading and writing. 

Learning Experience

You’ll learn to promote practices that emphasize evidence-based teaching, differentiated instruction, diversity and inclusion, teaching English language learners and teacher reflection. Courses draw on the “new literacies” lens to integrate technology into innovative and traditional learning activities.

Student Teaching

Get hands-on experience in this MSEd degree program, completing at least 50 hours teaching at-risk, diverse, urban learners online and face-to-face. You’ll be able to student teach at local public and charter schools to gain experience. Faculty believe that the best learning happens in clinically rich contexts, making local public and charter schools the perfect opportunity for you to develop your skills.

Course Objective

To develop literacy specialists who:

  • evaluate, diagnose, interpret and teach students with significant difficulties in reading and writing
  • are prepared to work closely with diverse families and other educators to provide targeted, excellent literacy instruction
  • provide ongoing professional development to other educators and parents
  • use data (including individual, classroom and school-wide data) to inform instructional decisions
  • are highly effective in collaborating with others

Application Requirements

  • 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

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