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 and write.

Reading, writing, and effective communication apply 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 leads to NYS certification as a literacy specialist B-12.
  • Coursework is delivered fully online with emphasis placed on personal relationships with faculty members and virtual field experiences embedded within coursework.
  • Online coursework is mainly asynchronous, though collaborative meetings with professors and peers still take place.
  • Working teachers and full-time employees can study at a part-time pace that supports a work-life balance.
  • Full-time students can earn both certifications in one calendar year.

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


Alum honored as young literacy leader

March 21, 2023
Elisa Rodriguez M ’19 made International Literacy Association’s (ILA) 30 Under 30 list.

They met. They fell in love. They stayed

Feb. 21, 2023
The Francos honored their 50-year union and Cortland love affair with a planned gift.

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.


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