Post-Master's Program

This non-degree program leads to New York state professional certification in literacy for all grades, PK-Grade 12.

Program is Ideal For

Someone with a bachelor's and master's degree and New York state teaching certification who wants to add certification in literacy.

What to Expect

  • Complete the program in three semesters in a hybrid program that is a blend of face-to-face and online learning experiences.
  • Engage in 60 hours of field work in our on-campus Marie Callahan Reading Clinic and in a school placement. School placement may be a candidate's place of employment.
  • Complete coursework to become eligible for New York State certification in Literacy for all grades, PK-Grade 12.


15-21 credit hours - Up to six credit hours may be transferred in with program director approval if taken within the past five years and if appropriate to the certification program.

  • LTED 600 - Foundations of Literacy
  • LTED 604 - Literacy Methods Across the Curriculum
  • LTED 609 - Linguistics and Language Acquisition for the Literacy Specialist
  • LTED 612 - Literacy and the Diverse Learner
  • LTED 643 - Introduction to Literacy Assessment, Evaluation & Instruction
  • LTED 644 - Advanced Literacy Assessment, Evaluation & Instruction
  • LTED 645 - Campus-Based Practicum

Certification tests to be completed during the program:

  • Content Specialty Test (CST) - Literacy

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Application Process


  1. Certification: You must hold a teaching certification in New York State 
  2. For the literacy post-master's certification, complete the Certificate Application.

Application requirements include:

  • A completed online application
  • Professional statement as described in the application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Copy of verification of teacher certification from the TEACH website
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé

 Application Deadline

  • Fall term: rolling through Aug. 15
  • Spring term*: rolling through Jan. 1

*Spring term: To be enrolled in at least two classes per semester, fall semester start is recommended. If opting to start in the spring semester, you are eligible to enroll in one class in the spring, followed by one class in the summer B semester. Remaining coursework can be completed over the following academic year.

Tuition and Fees

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