Enrich the learning experience.
Literacy education is a multi-faceted tool that enhances learning about the world — and yourself.
This program prepares master’s-level teachers to become literacy specialists. To enter the 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.
You’ll be certified as a Literacy Specialist in this 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 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
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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 the program are Literacy Specialists — the go-to experts providing professional development to general education colleagues about best practices, as well as providing direct instruction to small groups of learners who struggle in reading and writing.
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- one letter of recommendation
- 1-2 page career goals essay
- scores from one of the following, or equivalent:
- GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
- Content Specialty Tests
Deadline: Rolling Admission
Start Date: Fall, Spring, Summer semester