Master of Science in Education

  • Develop a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to support all students becoming literate.
  • Be prepared to meet school district expectations and address all students' needs.
  • Develop the appreciations, understandings, knowledge, and habits to be a teacher who changes students’ lives.

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.

Career Choices

  • Literacy specialist
  • Classroom teacher (PreK-grade 6)
  • Content area teacher (grade 7-12) able to meet all students’ literacy needs to increase their ability to learn course content
  • Literacy coach
  • Community college faculty

Clinical Assistantship Program

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

Urban Education Grant

A TOC state grant can provide up to half the cost of tuition for eligible students from racial/ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the teaching field who are committed to teaching in high-need urban schools. Learn more about TOC »

Autism and/or Disabilities 

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.

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
  • 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 literacy support to community 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.

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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