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. We also prepare students directly for the new (as of 2022) Literacy All Grades certification (B-12) for New York state. Candidates gain the coursework and field experiences required to earn certification. Additionally, only one New York state test is required for any New York State literacy specialist certification . Current teachers also can earn the degree while studying part-time and remaining in the classroom.

Small classes, strong mentors

Even though all coursework is offered online, the Literacy Department is rooted in personal connections. 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 serve as your mentors. Furthermore, they will remain committed to your success during your time as a graduate student and far into your career.

Capri Trivisonno
Capri Trivisonno ’14, M.S.Ed. ’15

Alumni success

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.”

Contact us

Dr. Gillian Mertens
Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1321