Literacy Department

Before they can run, students must learn how to walk. And before they can understand difficult content for a Regents-level course, students need to know how to read.

Why pursue a master’s degree in literacy? Because reading applies to every single discipline. Literacy isn’t just a field for reading specialists; it’s a marketable teaching skill, one that’s incredibly useful in helping students decipher tests.

Why choose SUNY Cortland’s graduate program? Because we place a special emphasis on preparing teachers to work with readers of all abilities. SUNY Cortland graduate students also discover a valuable degree that they can earn while staying in the classroom.

Our graduate programs in literacy range in credit hours from 33 (birth-grade 6 or grades 5-12) to 41 (birth-grade 12) and they provide candidates with the coursework and field experiences required to obtain certification in New York state.

Graduate Programs


Students Earn National Gilman Scholarships

The prestigious award supports a student's expenses to study abroad.

Holocaust Memorial Events Planned

Leibel Mangel will recount serving in Israel's military on Thursday, April 20.

Tech Savvy to Present STEM Fields to Girls

SUNY Cortland will support this year's event in Dryden with funding and volunteers.

Graduate Expanding Literacy in Africa

Danielle Sweetman M ’15 is changing the lives of Ugandan children one book at a time.

Child Care Center Teacher Earns National Recognition

Heather Tuttle ’06 M ’10 is one of only 50 teachers from across the nation to earn the honor.


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