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. Share your experiences as a reader and writer. How does this inform your teaching of reading and writing?
    c. Why is SUNY Cortland's online asynchronous literacy program a good fit for you, and how will this literacy specialist degree support your long-term professional goals?

    Format directions:
    Essay should be: typed, double-spaced, 10-12 point 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

** Applicants no longer are required to submit scores for entrance exams such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Contact us

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