Literacy Education (Grades B-12) MSEd

Become dual certified for literacy instruction across all grade levels. This master's program leads to New York State professional certification and equips teachers with the expertise to teach all learners in a variety of settings and to provide individualized literacy instruction for the full range of students.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall or Spring

Delivery Option Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 30

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years


The program focuses on the roles of leadership and collaboration, both in schools and in surrounding communities. To this end, candidates engage in rich and extensive clinical experiences with children/young adults from all levels of public schooling, with other school professionals, and with parents/caregivers. The certification level allows for a breadth and depth of knowledge, providing candidates with the necessary knowledge base and skill and an expanded range of professional opportunities.


The sequence of courses provides candidates with a deep understanding of the content base of literacy, the process of reading, and the appropriate implementation of effective instructional strategies. The program includes 100 hours of clinical teaching experience in urban, suburban, and rural schools, under collaborative supervision of college personnel and classroom-based practitioners, allowing candidates to develop proficiency in planning, assessment, diagnosis and explicit instruction. The program provides an opportunity to work with diverse students and practice the implementation of evidence-based strategies gained in the sequence of courses.

Master of Science in Education


Our practicums provide opportunities for candidates in teacher education programs to observe and apply theory learned in an authentic classroom and practical setting. In addition, candidates work with a full range of candidates including varying ages and abilities and different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds.


Candidates who successfully complete this program will have productive, inspired careers as literacy educators committed to and with respect for a range of ethnic and cultural differences, and whose practica (teacher preparation) experiences allow them to meet the needs of diverse learners. These teachers will be successful because they will engage students in the process of learning with proactive planning and resourceful lesson content, while monitoring and tracking students’ progress. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to work in New York state and attain the necessary degree requirements to obtain your NYS professional teaching certification.

Career Opportunities

  • Literacy Specialist
  • Literacy Coach
  • Birth to 6th or 5th to 12th-grade New York State certified teacher

Oswego's program has broadened my knowledge of reading instruction and has given me practical, evidence-based instructional strategies that I was able to implement immediately.

Program Resources

NCATE Accredited

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community.

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript

Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.

GPA of at least 3.0

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but should explain in the purpose statement what skills and experiences you will bring to the program or any special circumstances that affected your GPA.) If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.

GRE scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program. Acceptable scores are dependent on the course of study. Speak to your department advisor about what scores are acceptable to the program.

Program advisement meeting

Prospective students will meet with faculty and other department chairs to outline and select effective courses to best assist you in your chosen field.

Education essay

In 500–1000 words, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. Additionally, please write of your own understanding of education, what you would contribute to the School of Education, and how  your past experiences and goals align with the Conceptual Framework and Dispositions? (To compose your answer, first examine the School of Education Conceptual Framework.)

Initial Teaching Certification

New York State requires this entry-level certificate for classroom teachers with specific areas of interest. Submit a copy of your NYS initial teaching certificate in area of interest during the application process.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities, and should come from a college professor and from a connection with your student teaching experience or a professional supervisor.

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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