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The Master's of Science in Education in Literacy is a professional certification program for teachers who hold the initial certificate in any teaching area. While the degree is in literacy, the focus of the program is preparing teachers to infuse literacy strategies into instructional activities at any grade level or in any content area. The Alfred University Literacy program is an excellent opportunity for teachers in the Corning area who are employed in full-time positions and need to complete courses for the professional certificate.


Literacy (MS Ed)

The Basics

The program consists of a 30 credit, 9 course sequence that may be completed in one calendar year and is ideal for full time teachers. To accommodate normal work schedules, most classes meet for full day sessions on Saturdays, with each course meeting 5 times. Students enter with a cohort and move through the program together on the same schedule.

Program Emphasis

The program emphasizes the practical application of current reading approaches, strategies, materials, methodologies, goal assessment, techniques, evaluation, and professional responsibilities of a literacy specialist. The MSEd in Literacy leads to initial certification in birth through grade 6 literacy and meets the requirements for professional certification in a student’s initial certification area.

  • EDUC 603 – Competency in the Teaching of Literacy
  • EDUC 604 – Diagnostic and Remedial Techniques in Literacy
  • EDUC 605 – Literacy in the Content Area
  • EDUC 613 – Literature for Children
  • EDUC 670 – Field Experience and Seminar
  • EDUC 695 – Master’s Project
  • SPED 645 – Learning Disabilities
  • SPED 656 – Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom
  • SPED 658 – Managing the Classroom

This program is an Alfred University program; students in the program are Alfred University students earning an Alfred University degree. All students accepted to Alfred University pay a non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit. The Fall application deadline is August 19th.

  • Current New York State classroom teaching certification
  • Graduate application
  • Personal statement
  • $60 application fee
  • Undergraduate college transcript for every institution attended and degree level
  • Graduate college transcripts for every institution attended
  • 2 Letters of recommendation – applicants can submit traditional letters, have the recommender fill out a reference report found on the Alfred University website, or can submit both
  • Program interview
  • GRE exam

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