• Develop a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to support all students becoming literate.
  • Develop the appreciations, understandings, knowledge, and habits to be a teacher who changes students' lives.
  • Choose a certification program, either birth-grade 6 or grades 5-12. Add one additional clinical course and be eligible for both certifications.


Flexible program, full- or part-time


Daytime and evening classes


Complete in as fast as 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


Teach at our on-campus reading clinic

Program is Ideal for

  • Certified teachers who are eligible for additional certification as a literacy specialist.
  • Certified teachers who want to strengthen your ability to meet the needs of all students.
  • Certified teachers and eligible professionals who hold a master's degree and seek New York State certification as a literacy specialist.

Curriculum Examples

  • Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems – Elementary or Secondary
  • Literacy in the Content Areas – Elementary or Secondary
  • Reading Improvement through Written Expression
  • The Literacy Specialist as a Coach
  • Literacy Practicum and Seminar

Value of Your Degree

  • Schools seek teachers with multiple certifications.
  • This degree prepares you to be a literacy specialist, classroom teacher (PreK-grade 6), literacy coach, community college faculty, or content area teacher (grade 7-12) able to meet all students’ literacy needs to increase their ability to learn course content.
  • Between 2014 and 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers of preschool through postsecondary school and that employment of teachers will grow 6%.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Student's Perspective

“I went out into the education field holding tight to the words of Lisa Delpit, which exemplify my program’s faculty: ‘They held visions of us that we could not imagine for ourselves. They were determined…we would achieve.’ ”

Jamie (Sinicropi) Oberdorf ’14, third grade teacher, Elizabeth Cady Stanton School, Seneca Falls, N.Y.

What to Expect

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions

Program Director

Maria Baldassarre Hopkins

Maria Baldassarre Hopkins

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Learning Outcomes Assessment, Interim Director of the Marie Callahan Reading Clinic, Interim Director of the Graduate Literacy Program
Golisano Academic Center 285

Education: Ph.D. in literacy, Ed.M., B.A., State University of New York Buffalo

Teaching and Research Interests: Current issues in literacy education, including multicultural literature, social justice and educational equity, and new literacies.

Read how she motivates the motivators.

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