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M.S. in Reading & Literacies (birth-grade 6) (SR1)

(as of 02/01/2015)

This program leads to the following NYS Certifications:
Teaching Literacy (birth to grade 6) (Initial + professional)
Professional teaching certification in the original area of certification

Course requirements

This program includes a total of 36 credits. When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed SR1 Program of Study Form.

Masters' Core
ED406 Master's Research Methods
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
or ED404 Teaching, Curriculum, and Change

Specialization Courses
ED446 Collaborative Teaching Partnerships in Inclusive Classrooms
ED405 Assessment in Instructional Contexts
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
ED409 Language and Literacy in Education
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in Elementary School
EDU495 Theory and Practice for Reading Professionals

Choose 2 reading electives; options include but are not limited to:
EDU440 Children's Literature and Literacy Learning
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development
ED480 Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
ED582 Critical Literacy
EDU482 Integrating Mathematics and Literacy
EDU487 Integrating Science and Literacy
EDU433 Integrating Social Studies and Literacy
EDU477 Integrating Curriculum in Early Childhood
EDU435 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)
EDU431 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning English
EDU443 Implementing Innovation in English Education
ED490 Genesee Valley Writing Project

EDF422 Practica in Teaching Literacy in Elementary Schools 1
EDF423 Practica in Teaching Literacy in Elementary Schools 2


1. Students interested in obtaining certification in Teaching Literacy in grades 5-12 only need to complete two additional reading practice experiences -- one in grades 5-8 and one in grades 9-12 for 6 additional credits. If you are interested in this option, please let the Reading Program Director know immediately so appropriate internship placements can be arranged for you.

2. Students interested in taking the Warner School course sequence in Urban Teaching and Leadership in conjunction with this program need to (a) teach in an urban setting for three years; (b) choose EDU442 and take some additional courses and other experiences (requiring 6 additional credit hours). If interested in this option, please enroll in SR7 and complete the requirements specific to that program.

3. Internships should be taken concurrently with a methods course (i.e., EDU427 or EDU495).

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • Initial Teaching Certification in
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • NYS Exam - Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought
  • Initiate NY State Teacher certification process with the Warner School Certification Officer
  • 3 Years of Teaching Experience with the First One Conducted in a Mentored Situation (NOT a graduation requirement but needed before applying for professional certification)