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Literacy - Master of Science in Education

Earn a master's degree in literacy

The Master of Science in Education/Literacy degree is designed for classroom teachers who desire to meet the literacy needs of all their students through dynamic, effective, and research-based approaches in education.  Upon completion, teachers will become knowledgeable of best practices for teaching reading and other literacy skills to all students.  They will also gain a deeper understanding of effective assessments and evaluations necessary to ascertain students’ strengths and weaknesses in literacy-related skills and concepts. The degree will assist teachers in meeting the needs of today’s schools by preparing them to be leaders in best practices for literacy growth and development in their classrooms and in their schools.  A Christian perspective is woven throughout the program, with an emphasis on helping teachers to further develop as caring, effective, practitioners in today’s schools. 

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Admissions Information

Course format

Online courses face-to-face classes

Curriculum and Instruction courses are offered in both online and face-to-face formats.

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from faculty who are highly qualified educators with experience as teachers, principals and superintendents. In addition to their roles as faculty members, many also serve on state and national education boards.
  • Benefit from an engaging and relevant curriculum with an emphasis on practical application. Learn in our classroom one night and apply it in your classroom the next day.
  • Fit classes into your busy schedule through our convenient online and hybrid offerings that are scheduled with the time-constrained demands of the working educator in mind.

Faith Integration

A Christian perspective enriches our curriculum and instruction program to help you develop as a caring, effective practitioner so you can impact today's educational environment.

SBU's Education graduate degree programs have been intentionally designed to model how the Christian faith shapes expertise, practice and experiences in professional educational settings. To assist students in developing as transformative agents in today's schools, our programs provide a foundation to become both scholars and practitioners — a synthesis of academic knowledge, practical skills and servant leadership. We desire that our students, while working toward a graduate degree in education, become true servant leaders who are able to integrate their faith into their practice to make a difference in today's society.

Nancy Colbaugh
"SBU has a strong family culture; strong mission; strong focus; commitment to excellence in teaching and learning; and commitment to a Christian environment."
Dr. Nancy Colbaugh
Associate professor of graduate education

MSE Literacy Courses

EDU 5023 Curriculum Design and Development
EDU 5033 Learners and the Learning Process
EDU 5073 MS Capstone
EDU 5083 Educational Research
EDU 6013 Analyzing and Amending Reading Problems
EDU 6213 Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement
EDU 6503 Addressing Deficits in Language Processing/Dyslexia
EDU 6263 Principles of Coaching
EDU 6243 Essentials in Reading
EDU 6433 Practicum I - Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
EDU 6443 Practicum II - Remediation of Reading Difficulties
 Total Hours: 33

Special Reading K-12 Certification

In addition to the required courses for the completion of the Masters of Science in Education/Literacy, students’ transcripts will need to be evaluated for the completion of requirements determined by DESE.

  • 2 years of successful classroom teaching experience
  • Language Acquisition and Development (2 to 3 hours)
    • EDU 2343 Emergent Literacy (or equivalent)
  • Teaching Reading Methods courses (minimum 3 hours) 
    • Elementary:
      • EDU 3114 Teaching Literacy I OR
      • EDU 3124 Teaching Literacy II (or equivalents) 
    • MS/Secondary:  
      • EDU 3613/5613 Content Area Literacy OR
      • EDU 4543 Methods of Teaching Writing in Secondary OR
      • EDU 3303 American Literature for Young Adults (or equivalents) 
  • Child Development & Adolescent Development (2 separate courses or 1 combined course) 
    • EDU 3043/6043 Learner Development 
    • PSY 4153 Child Development AND PSY 4033 Adolescent Development 
    • PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development 
  • Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child (3 hours) 
    • EDU 4623/6623 Teaching Diverse Learners (if only taken for two hours, audit class with a one hour of additional requirements?) 
  • Behavior Intervention Strategies (2-3 hours) 
    • EDU 3823 Behavior & Classroom Management in Elementary 
    • EDU 3833 Behavior & Classroom Management in MS/Secondary 
    • EDU 5833 Behavior & Classroom Management   
  • Counseling Techniques (2-3 hours) 
    • EDU 2483 School, Home, and Community Collaboration   
    • EDU 3483 School, Home, and Community Collaboration 
    • EDU 6483 School, Home, and Community Collaboration 
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Passing score on MOCA Special Reading Assessment