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Non Teacher Certification Program

Literacy Education Studies, EdM

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.   

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Program Overview

 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
Program delivery Online
Career opportunities
  • Adult literacy coaches
  • Elementary/secondary education reading teachers in a private or overseas school setting
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in a private or overseas school setting
  • Reading specialists in a private or overseas school setting
  • Special education and remedial reading educators in a private or overseas school setting
Application deadline Preferred deadline of Feb. 1 for fall and Nov. 1 for spring. Rolling after deadline, space dependent, for domestic students only.

Non Teacher Certification

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 require certification.

Why Literacy Education Studies?

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:

  • An understanding of literacy as a complex process that will explore the needs of all students
  • An ability to transform subject matter in ways that honor the content and students at hand
  • A thorough background knowledge in subject matter content, reflecting an understanding of theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading, writing, speaking and listening processes and instruction
  • A knowledge of planning, guiding, and assessing learning, using varied and responsive instructional approaches, practices and materials

Program Requirements

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)

  • LAI 539 Strategic Teaching and Reading Processes 
    (Prerequisites: LAI 550 and LAI 551)
  • LAI 550 Literacy Acquisition and Instruction PreK-2
  • LAI 551 Childhood Literacy Methods
  • LAI 552 Middle Childhood-Adolescent Literacy Methods
  • LAI 556 Classroom Literacy Assessment and Instruction
    (Prerequisites: LAI 550 and LAI 551)
  • LAI 560 Improving Instruction in Elementary Language Arts
  • LAI 563 Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • LAI 576 Literacy and Technology
  • LAI 565 Literature for Children and Young People OR
    LAI 580 Literature for Young Adults

Electives (3 credits)

  • Any 1 course approved by your advisor

Capstone Event: Comprehensive Exam or Project


Application Requirements (U.S.)

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.

Domestic Applicants
To be reviewed for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts of all previous academic work uploaded to the online application. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation; one letter that addresses your academic abilities and experiences and one letter that addresses your teaching and/or professional experiences. Credential packets and/or photocopies are unacceptable. On the application you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing you a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.
  • All supporting documents required for review must be uploaded and attached to your online application.

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.

Supporting Documentation

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.

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University Computing Standards

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.