Master of Science in Literacy Education

Master of Science in Literacy Education

HEGIS 0830, 36-45 Credits

The primary objectives of this program are to prepare teachers to facilitate literacy and language learning in the classroom; reading specialist/literacy coach to assist classroom teachers at all levels (birth-grade 12); reading specialist/literacy coach 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.

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 cumulative 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). 

* Both the Dowling College Masters of Science in Literacy Education and the Dowling College Advanced Certification in Literacy Education are offered online for distance education opportunities.

Students seeking B-Grade 6 Certification, 36 Credits OR Grades 5-12 Certification, 36 Credits

Core courses, 21 Credits

EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, EDL 6504, EDL 6510*, EDS 5402

Additional Courses B-Grade 6 Certification, 15 Credits

EDL 6508, EDL 7518, EDL 7519, EDL 7523 (6 credits)

Additional Courses Grades 5-12 Certification, 15 Credits

EDL 7518, EDL 7519, EDL 7523 (6 credits)

1 elective

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

Students seeking B-Grade 6 Certification AND Grades 5-12 Certification, 45 Credits

Core courses, 21 Credits

EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 6502, EDL 5503, EDL 6504, EDL 6510, EDS 5402

Additional courses, 24 Credits

EDL 6508, EDL 7516 (6 credits), EDL 7517 (6 credits), EDL 7526 (6 credits), EDL 7527 (3 credits)

Literacy, B-Grade 6 Certification

36 Credits

EDS 5402               Principles and Practices of Diverse Learners

EDL 5500               Literacy Acquisition and Development

EDL 5501               Children’s and Adolescent Literature

EDL 6502               Reading and Writing Workshop

(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 5503               Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

EDL 6504               Literacy Research

(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 6508               Emergent Literacy

(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 6510               Supervision of Literacy Programs

(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 6502, EDL 7518, and pre/co-requisite EDL 7519)

EDL 7518*             Literacy Assessment Practicum

(Prerequisites EDL 5500 and EDL 6502)

EDL 7519*             Literacy Strategies Practicum

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

EDL 7523*             Literacy Practicum

(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, 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

36 Credits

EDS 5402               Principles and Practices of Diverse Learners

EDL 5500               Literacy Acquisition and Development

EDL 5501               Children’s and Adolescent Literature

EDL 6502               Reading and Writing Workshop

(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 5503               Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

EDL 6504               Literacy Research

(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 6510               Supervision of Literacy Programs

(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 6502, EDL 7518, and pre/co-requisite EDL 7519)

EDL 7518*             Literacy Assessment Practicum

(Prerequisites EDL 5500 and EDL 6502)

EDL 7519*             Literacy Strategies Practicum

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

EDL 7523*             Literacy Practicum

(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDE 5501, EDL 5503, EDL 6502, and EDL 7518, EDL 7519, and a minimum grade of B in EDL 7519).

Elective course

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

*Offered fall and spring semesters only.

Literacy, B-Grade 6 and Grades 5-12

45 Credits

EDS 5402               Principles and Practices of Diverse Learners

EDL 5500               Literacy Acquisition and Development

EDL 5501               Children’s and Adolescent Literature

EDL 6502               Reading and Writing Workshop

(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 5503               Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

EDL 6504               Literacy Research

(Prerequisite EDE 5500)

EDL 6508               Emergent Literacy

(Prerequisite EDL 5500)

EDL 6510               Supervision of Literacy Programs

(Prerequisites EDL 5500, EDL 5501, EDL 6502, EDL 7516, and pre/co-requisite EDL 7517)

EDL 7516*             Literacy Assessment Practicum

(Prerequisites EDL 5500 and EDL 6502)

EDL 7517*             Literacy Strategies Practicum

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

EDL 7526*             Advanced Literacy Practicum

(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

(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 6354              Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Learners

EDH 5351              Early Childhood Physical and Art Education

EDH 6348              Foundations of Early Childhood

EDS 5401               Multiple Perspectives of Special Education

EDS 5403               Education of Young Children with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

EDS 5470               The Autism Spectrum

(includes a 9 hour field component)

EDS 6410               Behavior Management and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners

EDE 5611               Computer Awareness for Teachers

*Offered fall and spring semesters only.

Advanced Certificate in Literacy Programs

The Advanced Certificate in Literacy Programs, B-6 and 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.

Advanced Certificate in Literacy Education B-6th or 5th-12th (24 credits)

Literacy B-6th Grade or 5th-12th Grade Advanced Certificate Course Sequence (24 credits)

COURSE                                TITLE                                                                                      

EDL 5500                               Literacy Acquisition

EDL 5503                               Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

EDL 5501                               Children & Adolescent Literature (k-12)

EDL 6502                               Reading & Writing Workshop

EDL 7518                                Literacy Assessment Practicum

EDL 7519                                Literacy Strategies Practicum

EDL 7523                               Literacy Practicum

Advanced Certification in Literacy Education B-6th and 5th-12th (33 credits)

Literacy B-6th and 5th-12th Advanced Certification Course Sequence (33 credits)

EDL 5500                               Literacy Acquisition

EDL 5503                               Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

EDL 5501                               Children & Adolescent Literature (k-12)

EDL 6502                               Reading & Writing Workshop

EDL 7516                                Literacy Assessment Practicum

EDL 7517                                Literacy Strategies Practicum

EDL 7526/7527                        Literacy Practicum & Seminar

Practica Course Information

EDL 7518 and EDL 7519 must be taken in subsequent semesters. Prior to taking EDL 7518, 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 and then register for EDL 7519 during the subsequent fall or spring semester so that their EDL 7518 assessment findings can serve as the basis for an instructional plan for their student in EDL 7519.

Graduate students should register early for EDL 7523 and EDL 7526 so that the Literacy Center will have adequate time to enroll a child for each graduate student.

It is essential for graduate students to notify the Dowling College Literacy Center Office (631.244.1083) if they decide not to enroll in EDL 7523/7526 during the semester they have indicated they will register so that a child will not be enrolled for them.

 

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