Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit the required application materials listed below. Contact the Graduate Admissions Office with any questions at or 607-753-4800.

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application

  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office

    Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of a bachelor’s degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.

  3. Documentation of teaching certification from an accredited program

  4. Two recommendation checklists (submitted online with the application)

  5. A statement demonstrating commitment to and interest in literacy education as well as an ability to write clearly and well (submitted online with application)

    Respond to the following questions:
    a. What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century?
    b. Calkins (1994) noted that to be a teacher of reading and writing, one must be a reader and writer oneself. Describe your views about this statement and indicate something about yourself as a reader and writer.
    c. In what way will the literacy specialist degree support your long-term professional goal?

    Format Directions:
    Essay should be: typed, double-spaced, 10-12 pt font size, preferable font Times New Roman or similar font, two or more pages, at least one inch margins, all three questions/statements must be clearly addressed. Failure to observe format directions will automatically disqualify the essay.

    The statement will be evaluated in the following areas:
    a. Clarity of ideas
    b. Depth of content
    c. Organization
    d. Writing conventions

  6. New York state requires all SUNY teacher preparation programs to adopt college entrance assessments for admissions consideration. Applicants are required to submit scores for one of the following:

    - Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 280;
    - Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a minimum score of 400;
    - edTPA with a passing score as set by New York state; or
    - the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with a minimum score of 450.