Spring 2021 Guide and COVID-19 information

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 offer one robust graduate program that provides two certifications. We also place a special emphasis on preparing teachers to work with readers of all abilities.

Graduates earn two certifications: Birth to Grade 6 and Grades 5 to 12. Working teachers can remain teaching in the classroom during the program, while full-time graduate students can complete the program in one calendar year.

Graduate Programs


Literacy conference to raise self-awareness

March 23, 2021
The event aims for self-reflection toward a more inclusive classroom.

Teaching in a pandemic

Jan. 26, 2021
Jessica Huber’s class project podcast is a coping tool that educators can use.

Cortland plans global literacy conference

Oct. 27, 2020
Egypt's minister of education and technology will speak at the event on advances in remote education.

SUNY Cortland introduces online master’s in literacy education

June 26, 2020
The program, which full-time students can complete in one year, leads to two teaching certifications in a discipline that applies to all subjects.

Education students present at national conference 

Feb. 25, 2020
Four students focused on picture books that help children with family in prison.


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