Master of Science in Literacy Education

Master of Science in Literacy Education Express Degree

HEGIS 0830, 30-39 credits

The primary objectives of this program are to prepare teachers to facilitate literacy and language learning in the classroom; reading specialists/literacy coaches to assist classroom teachers at all levels (birth-grade 12); and reading specialists/literacy coaches to assess students’ literacy strengths and weaknesses and plan and implement a theoretically sound literacy instructional program.

The M.S. Degree in Literacy Education leads to New York State Certification as a reading specialist/literacy coach in either one or both of the following areas:

  • Literacy—birth-grade 6
  • Literacy—grades 5-12

Literacy Education Department Philosophy

The undergirding philosophy of Dowling College’s Literacy Education program is that reading, writing, listening, and speaking are interrelated, reciprocal, and mutually-facilitative processes. The curriculum for each of the courses in the M.S. in Literacy Education program emphasizes a “balanced approach” to literacy. Facilitating an in-depth understanding of and respect for cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity is a major objective of our program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Official Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Possession of an initial teaching certification from any state or province.
    *Candidates for the Master Degree in Literacy with initial teaching licenses outside New York State who seek New York State certification would have to meet all New York State additional requirements for a New York State license as a literacy teacher.
  • Interview with faculty member in Literacy Education

 Additional requirements

  • Students must attain a minimum grade of B in each practica course before enrolling in the subsequent practica course (e.g., students must attain a minimum grade of B in EDL 7516 or EDL 7518 before enrolling in EDL 7517 or EDL 7519 and students must attain a minimum grade of B in EDL 7517 or EDL 7519 before enrolling in EDL 7523, EDL 7526, or EDL 7527). Graduate students who attain a grade lower than B in any practica course MUST repeat the course (and achieve a minimum grade of B) if they intend to continue to pursue the M.S. in Literacy Education degree program.
  • Transfer credits will not be accepted for required courses. Transfer credits will only be accepted for approved elective courses.
  • The capstone experience for the M.S. in Literacy Education program is a comprehensive exam administered during our capstone courses, EDL 7523 and EDL 7526/7527.
  • In order to obtain New York State Certification, you must also complete the Content Specialty Test in Literacy, and all required workshops (including the Drug Prevention Workshop).

Students seeking B-Grade 6 Certification, 30 Credits OR Grades 5-12 Certification, 30 Credits

 Literacy, B-Grade 6 Certification (30 Credits)

EDS 5402             Principles and Practices of Diverse Learners                          3

EDL 5500            Literacy Acquisition and Development                                     3

EDL 6502            Reading and Writing Workshop                                                 3
(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 5503            Teaching Reading in the Content Areas                                    3

EDL 6508            Emergent Literacy                                                                         3
(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 6510**         Literacy Supervision and Research                                          3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 6502,

EDL 7518 and pre- or co-requisite EDL 7519)

EDL 7518*           Literacy Assessment Practicum                                                3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, pre- or co-requisite EDL 6502)

EDL 7519*           Literacy Strategies Practicum                                                   3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5503, EDL 6502,

EDL 7518, and a minimum grade of B in

EDL 7518)

EDL 7523*           Literacy Practicum                                                                     6

(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7518, EDL 7519, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7519).

*Offered fall and spring semesters only.

Literacy, Grades 5-12 Certification (30 Credits)

EDS 5402             Principles and Practices of Diverse Learners                     3

EDL 5500            Literacy Acquisition and Development                                3

EDL 6502            Reading and Writing Workshop                                            3
(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 5503            Teaching Reading in the Content Areas                               3

EDL 6510**         Literacy Supervision and Research                                      3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501,

EDL 6502, EDL 7518, pre- or co-requisite EDL 7519)

EDL 7518*           Literacy Assessment Practicum                                            3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, pre- or co-requisite EDL 6502)

EDL 7519*           Literacy Strategies Practicum                                               3

(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7518, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7518)

EDL 7523*           Literacy Practicum                                                                 6
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, and EDL 7518, EDL 7519, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7519).

Elective course                                                                                                      3

Note: Select one 3-credit elective from the list of suggested electives.

Literacy, B-Grade 6 and Grades 5-12 (39 Credits)

EDS 5402             Principles and Practices of Diverse Learners                 3

EDL 5500            Literacy Acquisition and Development                            3

EDL 6502            Reading and Writing Workshop                                        3
(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 5503            Teaching Reading in the Content Areas                          3

EDL 6508            Emergent Literacy                                                             3
(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 6510**         Literacy Supervision and Research                             3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 6502, EDL 7516, pre- or co-requisite EDL 7517)

EDL 7516*           Literacy Assessment Practicum                                   6
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, Pre- or co-requisite EDL 6502)

EDL 7517*           Literacy Strategies Practicum                                        6

(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7516, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7516)

EDL 7526*           Advanced Literacy Practicum                                      6
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7516, EDL 7517, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7517)

EDL 7527*           Advanced Literacy Seminar                                          3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501,EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7516, EDL 7517, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7517)

Suggested electives

EDL 5501            Children’s and Adolescent’s Literature                     3

EDH 5351           Early Childhood Physical and Art Education         3

EDH 6348           Foundations of Early Childhood                                 3

EDS 5401             Multiple Perspectives of Special Education              3

EDS 5403             Education of Young Children with Moderate and Severe Disabilities        3

EDS 5470             The Autism Spectrum
(includes a 9 hour field component)                           3

EDS 6410             Behavior Management and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners         3

EDE 5611            Computer Awareness for Teachers                             3

*Offered fall and spring semesters only.

** EDL 6510 must be taken concurrently or after EDL 7519 or EDL 7517 (dual certification)

Practica Course Information

EDL 7518 or EDL 7516 (dual) and EDL 7519 or EDL 7517 (dual) must be taken in subsequent semesters. Prior to taking EDL 7518 or EDL 7516, graduate students should select a student who is in a grade that corresponds with his/her certification grade range who is below grade level in reading. Graduate students will assess this student’s literacy abilities in EDL 7518 or EDL 7516 and then register for EDL 7519 or EDL 7517 during the subsequent fall or spring semester so that their EDL 7518 or EDL 7516 assessment findings can serve as the basis for an instructional plan for their student in EDL 7519 or 7516.

Graduate students should register early for EDL 7523 or EDL 7526 (dual) so that the Literacy Center will have adequate time to enroll a child for each graduate student.  EDL 7523 or EDL 7526 (dual) must be taken at the Dowling College Literacy Center on the Oakdale campus.

It is essential for graduate students to notify the Dowling College Literacy Center Office if they decide not to enroll in EDL 7523 or EDL 7526 during the semester they have indicated they will register so that a child will not be enrolled for them.

Advanced Certificate in Literacy Education

CIP Code and description: 131315

The mission of the Dowling College Advanced Certificate in Literacy Education articulates a vision of excellence to provide educational opportunities for the intellectual, educational and cultural development of post-graduate education students. The Advanced Certificate in Literacy Education will provide teachers with an opportunity to enhance their theoretical and contemporary knowledge and pedagogical skills so they become effective scholar practitioners who understand and deliver high quality literacy instruction and offer proactive literacy leadership to schools and community agencies.

The Advanced Certificate in Literacy Education Programs, B-6 or 5-12 (24 credits each), or B-6 and 5-12 (33 credits) enable the educator who has already completed a master’s degree and possesses initial teaching certification, to acquire the skills to teach reading, writing, and related language arts to students from early childhood to high school levels. Through the experiences in this program, educators will be prepared for a wide range of educational roles, including but not limited to those of reading and writing specialist working with individual and small groups of children, literacy leader and curriculum specialist in a range of professional settings, or classroom teacher focusing on literacy

Both prospective and practicing professionals, upon successful completion of this program, are able to pursue official New York State Education Department recognition and are prepared to apply their knowledge of theories, current research, and exemplary teaching practices in order to take on leadership positions in schools, clinics, private practice, and/or other professional settings.

Course work and field experience provide educators with a knowledge base for working with native English speakers, English language learners, and children with special needs from a broad range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Particular emphasis is placed on helping you develop a wide repertoire of assessment, instructional and leadership strategies, together with an understanding of the academic, intellectual and emotional strengths and needs of children.

Career Opportunities
In addition, based upon the standards of the International Reading Association and the New York State Education Department completers of this Advanced Certificate in Literacy Education may become reading teachers, literacy specialists and literacy coaches working collaboratively with other school personnel. As such, the Dowling College Advanced Certificate in Literacy Education can enhance one’s employability and career advancement in today’s educational marketplace. Candidates must pass the New York State Content Specialty Test in Literacy to obtain New York State Certification in Literacy Education.

Admission Requirements
• M.A. or M.S. degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • Official Transcript
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Possession of a valid New York State teaching certificate (Candidates holding provisional certification are required to complete 3 credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework in Special Education as a prerequisite or corequisite to study).
    • Interview with faculty member in Literacy Education.

Students seeking B-Grade 6 Advanced Certificate, 24 Credits OR Grades 5-12 Advanced Certificate, 24 Credits

Literacy, B-Grade 6 or Grades 5-12 Advanced Certificate (24 Credits)

EDL 5500            Literacy Acquisition and Development                     3

EDL 5501            Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature                     3

EDL 6502            Reading and Writing Workshop                                  3
(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 5503            Teaching Reading in the Content Areas                    3

EDL 7518*           Literacy Assessment Practicum                                   3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, pre- or co-requisite EDL 6502)

EDL 7519*           Literacy Strategies Practicum                                        3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7518, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7518)

EDL 7523*           Literacy Practicum                                                           6
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7518, EDL 7519, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7519).

*Offered fall and spring semesters only.

Literacy, B-Grade 6 and Grades 5-12 Advanced Certificate (33 Credits)

EDL 5500            Literacy Acquisition and Development                     3

EDL 5501            Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature                     3

EDL 6502            Reading and Writing Workshop                                  3
(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 5503            Teaching Reading in the Content Areas                    3
(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 7516*           Literacy Assessment Practicum                                   6
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, pre- or co-requisite EDL 6502)

EDL 7517*           Literacy Strategies Practicum                                        6
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5503,

EDL 6502, EDL 7516, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7516)

EDL 7526*           Advanced Literacy Practicum                                      6
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7516, EDL 7517, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7517)

EDL 7527            Advanced Literacy Seminar                                          3
(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 7516, EDL 7517, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7517)

Suggested electives

EDH 5351           Early Childhood Physical and Art Education         3

EDH 6348           Foundations of Early Childhood                                 3

EDS 5401             Multiple Perspectives of Special Education                              3

EDS 5403             Education of Young Children with Moderate and Severe Disabilities      3

EDS 5470             The Autism Spectrum (includes a 9 hour field component)                3

EDS 6410             Behavior Management and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners              3

EDE 5611            Computer Awareness for Teachers                             3

*Offered fall and spring semesters only.

 

Practica Course Information

EDL 7518 or EDL 7516 (dual) and EDL 7519 or EDL 7517 (dual) must be taken in subsequent semesters. Prior to taking EDL 7518 or EDL 7516, graduate students should select a student who is in a grade that corresponds with his/her certification grade range who is below grade level in reading. Graduate students will assess this student’s literacy abilities in EDL 7518 or EDL 7516 and then register for EDL 7519 or EDL 7517 during the subsequent fall or spring semester so that their EDL 7518 or EDL 7516 assessment findings can serve as the basis for an instructional plan for their student in EDL 7519 or 7516.

Graduate students should register early for EDL 7523 or EDL 7526 (dual) so that the Literacy Center will have adequate time to enroll a child for each graduate student.  EDL 7523 or EDL 7526 (dual) must be taken at the Dowling College Literacy Center on the Oakdale campus.

It is essential for graduate students to notify the Dowling College Literacy Center Office if they decide not to enroll in EDL 7523 or EDL 7526 during the semester they have indicated they will register so that a child will not be enrolled for them.