Master of Science in Education

  • Learn exemplary, evidence-based instructional strategies and how to apply learning theory to help students grow as readers and writers, from birth through grade 12.
  • Your coursework and teaching experiences will prepare you to apply Common Core standards appropriately, address students’ needs at all intervention levels, and successfully meet the criteria of any accountability plan.
  • Most importantly, you can be the teacher who changes students’ lives because you helped them become readers and writers.
  • You have the option to get specialized preparation in teaching students with autism and students with severe or multiple disabilities, and a federal grant may cover your cost for those courses. See details about the Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism (I-SPAN) specialization and the I-SPAN Scholars grant opportunity, which also can cover the Teaching Students with Severe or Multiple Disabilities annotation.

Program is Ideal for

  • Certified teachers who want additional certification to become a literacy specialist and/or improve their instructional skills, and/or to become professionally certified.
  • Certified teachers and eligible professionals who hold a master’s degree and seek New York State certification as a literacy specialist.

Career Choices

  • Literacy specialist
  • Classroom teacher (PreK-grade 6) with strong ability to support all students’ literacy growth
  • Content area teacher (grades 7-12) able to address students’ reading and writing needs, to increase their ability to learn course content
  • Literacy coach
  • Community college teacher

Clinical Residents Program

Save a third of the total tuition cost and gain valuable experience as a clinical resident. A limited number of full-time students in the master’s degree program get selected to work several days a week with a literacy specialist in a public school. Residency details and application are online.

Student's Perspective

“I go 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 ’14, third grade teacher, Elizabeth Cady Stanton School, Seneca Falls, N.Y.

What to Expect
  • Complete your master's degree in one year full-time, or two years part-time. 
  • Choose a certification program, either birth-grade 6 or grades 5-12. Add one additional clinical course and be eligible for both certifications.
  • Structure a flexible program, with faculty guidance, attending full- or part-time.
  • Learn from and be guided by a devoted, enthusiastic faculty.
  • Teach at the on-campus Marie Callahan Reading Clinic, which offers reading and writing support to the community’s children and teenagers.
  • Gain experience in public and private school settings.
  • Design and carry out your Teacher Action Research Project, structured to meet the needs of a specific student, under the guidance and support of a faculty member.
  • Participate in large community events held on the Nazareth campus, including the Teen Book Festival, Pre-K at College, and an author talk for Writers & Books’ annual “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book.”

Curriculum Examples (33 Credits)
  • 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

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions

Program Director

Naomi B. Erdmann

Naomi B. Erdmann

Professor / Director of Graduate Literacy Programs / Director of the Marie Callahan Reading Center
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Director of the Marie Callahan Reading Clinic

Education: B.Ed. & M.Ed., National College of Education; Ed.D., Syracuse University

Teaching and Research Interests: Emergent learners; foundations of literacy; diagnosis of reading and writing needs; accelerating the progress of students who need support in becoming readers and writers; children's literature and its use in the classroom; and program assessment and evaluation.

Proudest Moments: Working at a school that resulted in its being removed from the schools under registration review (SURR) list and working on Rochester Mayor Duffy's Literacy Council.

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