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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.

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.

Literacy at SUNY Cortland

  • The M.S.Ed. program offers two certifications: Birth to Grade 6 and Grades 5 to 12.
  • Coursework is delivered fully online — with emphasis placed on personal relationships with faculty members and the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office.
  • Online coursework is mainly asynchronous, though collaborative meetings with professors and peers still take place.
  • Full-time students can earn both certifications in one calendar year. 
  • Working teachers can study at a part-time pace that supports a work-life balance.

Our Literacy Department prides itself on the personal approach faculty members take with graduate students. We place a special emphasis on preparing teachers to work with children of all reading and writing abilities. 

Graduate Programs


SUNY Cortland earns high marks for online programs

Dec. 14, 2022
The university ranked No. 14 in New York, according to a recent ranking based on cost, student success and reputation. 

Bestselling author to discuss white privilege

Feb. 22, 2022
Brendan Kiely will discuss the unfairness of white perceptions of race on March 7.

Student researchers make the most of summer experience

Aug. 17, 2021
Nine high-achieving students earned a summer undergraduate research fellowship in 2021, helping them pursue full-time scholarly work with a faculty member.

Faculty receive Chancellor’s Awards

June 29, 2021
Two faculty members were honored for their professional achievements.

Literacy conference to raise self-awareness

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


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