M.S. in Reading & Literacies (grades 5-12) SR2

This program leads to the following NYS Certifications:
Teaching Literacy (grades 5-12) (Initial + professional)
Professional teaching certification in the original area of certification

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the SR2 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (6+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional NYS certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) grades K-12 [NT1] (7+ Additional Credits)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (grades K-12) (initial + professional)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 36 credits. The detailed M.S. in Reading & Literacies (grades 5-12) SR2 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Reading & Literacies (grades 5-12) SR2

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

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
EDU427A Theory and Practice in Teaching & Learning Literacy (for non-Elementary Teaching Candidates)
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
EDE444 Children's Literature Across the World
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development
ED480 Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
ED582 Critical Literacy
EDU481 Integrating English and Technology
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

EDF424 Practica in Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools 1
EDF425 Practica in Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools 2


1. Students interested in obtaining certification in Teaching Literacy in birth to grade 6 only need to complete two additional reading practice experiences -- one in grades K-3 and one in grades 4-6 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. Warner elementary student teachers or graduates can substitute EDU427 for EDU427A.

3. Internships should be taken concurrently with a methods course (i.e., EDU427, EDU495, EDU431 or EDU443).

4. Students interested in also pursuing one or more Advanced Certificates -- see Optional Enhancements section -- can reduce the number of additional credits needed to meet these programs' requirements by choosing electives appropriately. Note, however, that internships and field experiences (identified by a course number that starts with EDF) cannot be counted towards the minimum requirement of a total of 30 credits of coursework for any master's Program. Be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

5. If interested in adding the Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools, you can use EDU427A - Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy (for non-elementary teaching candidates) or EDU495 - Theory and Practice for Reading Professionals to meet the first specialization requirement and choose EDU481 - Integrating English and Technology as a Reading Elective that can also meet the second specialization requirement.

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 any specialization
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought (Required for program completion with Spring 2019 admits)
  • 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)