Program Highlights

Two Certifications in One Degree

Our master’s degree prepares you for two certifications — birth-grade 6 and grades 5-12 — in one program totaling 33 credit hours. Candidates gain the coursework and field experiences required to earn certification. Additionally, only one New York state test is required for both certificates. Current teachers also can earn the degree while studying part-time and remaining in the classroom.

Small Classes, Strong Mentors

We offer a limited number of online courses to provide flexibility, but the majority of our program is taught in the physical classroom because the Literacy Department is rooted in personal connections.

In our small classes, you’ll develop lifelong learning friendships with professors and professional colleagues who are passionate about teaching, reading and the importance of literacy for all students, regardless of their ability.

Outstanding faculty members will serve as your mentors. Furthermore, they will remain committed to your success during your time as a graduate student and far into your career.

Alumni Success

Capri Trivisonno in the classroom
Capri Trivisonno ’14,
M.S.Ed. ’15

We’re proud to educate well-prepared literacy professionals who appreciate the value of their graduate training at SUNY Cortland:

“Everything was purposeful and practical,” says Capri Trivisonno ’14, M.S.Ed. ’15, who now teaches in Hamilton, N.Y. I still have the textbooks that I purchased during my program and my binders of lesson plans and assessments because I’ve referred back to them. I felt really comfortable going into my job interview as a graduate student. It was my first one, and I landed the job right away.