If you currently teach or plan on teaching and want to learn more about developmental reading, and are not seeking New York State teaching certification, our literacy education studies program will provide you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals.
UB's literacy education studies program will expand your knowledge of the theories, methods, and materials of reading, reading instruction, language, language instruction, and reading assessment. The program requires 30 credits, 27 of which are required graduate coursework and 3 elective credits that must be approved by your advisor. The coursework focuses on curriculum components such as the study of literacy and digital technology; adolescent literacy practices; content area reading, language, literacy and culture; and children’s and young adult literature. These components will enable you to develop competencies that will enrich grade level students’ performance capabilities. Classes are small and students get individualized attention.
|Degree granted||Master of Education (EdM)
|Degree/credentials required for admission||Bachelor's degree|
|Teacher certification granted
|Credits required for completion||30
|Time to completion||2 to 3 semesters full-time
4 to 5 semesters part-time
|Application deadline||Preferred deadline of Feb. 1 for fall and Nov. 1 for spring. Rolling after deadline, space dependent, for domestic students only.
Apply to this program if you have an interest in literacy
education and are not interested in obtaining a recommendation
for New York State teaching certification. Students that
complete this program without certification can teach outside of
New York State, internationally and within schools that do not
Upon completion of this program, you will be able to design, develop and evaluate authentic learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources as well as demonstrate:
The online Literacy Education Studies EdM program is offered part-time and fully online. It is comprised of 30 credit hours and can be completed in two years.
Requirements (27 credit hours)
Electives (3 credits)
Capstone Event: Comprehensive Exam or Project
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and an interest in literacy education at the graduate level.
Applications are considered for fall and spring admission. All online programs have a preferred* deadline of February 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. After the preferred deadline has passed, admission is rolling for domestic applicants on a space available basis. Admission is competitive: your academic record, written statements and interviews are basic components. Seats are limited so apply early. Students accepted after all spots are filled will be placed on a waiting list and will be formally admitted to the program when a space becomes available.
To be reviewed for admission, applicants must submit the following:
Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.
Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 2-4 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.
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