Graduate Program in Literacy Education

Now fully online

Starting in Summer 2020, SUNY Cortland’s graduate program in literacy is offered exclusively online. Full-time students can earn two certifications in one calendar year.

Program overview

Literacy training applies to every single subject area, and our department offers one robust graduate program that provides two certifications. A master’s degree in literacy makes you a more specialized, marketable and effective teacher.

Some qualities you should remember about our literacy training: 

  • Full online delivery — the entire program is offered online, with special emphasis placed on personal relationships with faculty members and the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office.
  • Full-time students can earn both certifications in one calendar year.
  • Working teachers can study on a part-time schedule.
  • Working teachers may take select courses for professional development credit.

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 readers of all abilities.

One program, two certifications

You must hold a bachelor’s degree and an initial teaching certificate in an education-related field before working towards additional New York state teaching certification in literacy.

Full-time students can earn two certifications in one calendar year:

  • Birth to Grade 6
  • Grades 5 to 12

* In order to apply for both certificates, students need to pass only one New York State test.

Career potential

SUNY Cortland-trained literacy interventionists are sought by school districts throughout New York state. You can take your knowledge and skills to the classroom as a teacher with a reading specialty or become a reading coach or specialist in a school or district setting.

Youll change the lives of students who have struggled to learn to read, helping them discover and surmount the obstacles to literacy and improving their ability to succeed — as students, professionals and members of society.

Learn more

Application deadlines

Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: Dec. 1
Summer semester: April 1

* Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered if space is available. Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Contact us

Dr. Katie Silvestri
Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1321