This degree is designed for early childhood and elementary teachers who wish to acquire greater expertise in developing the literacy proficiencies of children.
The degree provides teachers with extended research-based knowledge in the areas of literacy development and processes, diagnosis and remediation of literacy difficulties, teaching linguistically and culturally diverse learners, and teaching language arts, as well as disciplinary literacy, Response to Intervention, schoolwide assessment, and literacy/instructional coaching.
The 30-credit hour degree can be completed in as little as a year on the Main Campus (summer, fall, spring) or at the Buffalo Center (fall, spring, summer). Buffalo Center candidates start the program in the fall (with occasional exceptions), while Main Campus candidates may start the literacy program in the summer, fall or spring terms. Candidates may matriculate full-time or part-time.
SBU's Dean's Scholarship can reduce tuition costs by 20% - making SBU an exceptional value among western NY colleges and universities.
The MSED in Childhood Literacy meets the criteria for, and may be used in partial fulfillment of, the requirements for initial and professional certification in Literacy (Birth-Grade 6) in the state of New York.
The only candidates recommended for Literacy Teacher Birth-Grade 6 certification in New York by the School of Education are those who have completed the master's degree in its entirety.
Between 2008 and 2012, SBU's Literacy program graduates achieved a pass rate of 99% on New York State's Content Specialty Test for Literacy (146 test takers). This is a testament to both the quality of the program and its focus on International Literacy Association Standards for Reading Professionals at the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach level.
Students pursuing Literacy Teacher Birth-Grade 6 certification may be eligible for the Federal Teach Grant.
A Note about the Teacher Certification Entrance Requirement
The MSED in Childhood Literacy — Gifted program requires certification for full admission. We understand that currently enrolled college students — and many who have recently graduated — will not be certified at the time of application. In these cases, St. Bonaventure offers a conditional admission that becomes finalized once certification is confirmed.
If you have not yet submitted the edTPA, apply for admission to the graduate program anyway so you can start classes this fall. We provide edTPA support as you move to finish the portfolio. You must submit the edTPA portfolio before starting your second semester of classes.
If you are still in the process of taking some of the new certification exams, apply for admission to the graduate program anyway so you can start classes this fall. We offer information sessions, exam prep workshops and support to help you prepare for the exams. You must register for and attempt each required test before starting your second semester of classes.