M.S. Literacy Birth–Grade 6
M.S. Literacy Grades 5–12
M.S. Literacy Birth–Grade 6 and Grades 5–12
Dr. Kathleen A. Broikou, Chair
The graduate program in literacy at St. John Fisher College prepares classroom teachers as literacy professionals. Candidates select a 30 or 36-credit hour program that leads to initial certification in literacy and also to professional certification in the candidates' initial certification area (s).
The program is designed to prepare candidates as literacy professionals who work with and in classrooms with students and teachers, or support the administration of literacy program within a district.
The program is offered in a hybrid format with a combination of online and in-seat courses. Scheduling allows the convenience for full-time students to come to campus once a week and completing the program in one year.
The mission of the Master of Science in Literacy Education hybrid program is to prepare highly capable and ethically responsible literacy professionals who thoroughly understand and can implement the theory and practice of literacy acquisition and instruction. Consistent with the missions of St. John Fisher College and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, as well as the standards set forth by the International Literacy Association, the literacy program develops the knowledge, skills, and dispositions literacy educators need in order to effectively teach all students ways of using multiple forms of text that will provide them with opportunities for success in a global community. The program embraces the belief that all children learn, and that learning occurs when students are actively engaged in constructing meaning within a collaborative and supportive community of learners. As such, our candidates in literacy learn how to create learning environments that address the diverse learning needs of students, are informed by best practices, use ongoing meaningful assessment of student learning, and are continuously informed by self-reflection and a commitment to professional development. Finally, our candidates learn how to disseminate information about literacy development to the family and community so that literacy learning becomes meaningful in all aspects of a child’s life.
The literacy program is for teachers who hold initial or provisional classroom certification and wish to become certified in literacy education. The program is designed to accommodate the schedules of working teachers. Coursework is offered in a hybrid or online format. The hybrid format reduces the amount of face-to-face classroom time and replaces that time with online enhanced activities. The required practicum clinical requirements are completed on-campus or in the field.
We offer graduate literacy programs leading toward professional certification in Literacy Birth-Grade 6 and Literacy Grades 5-12. Candidates may elect to complete a program that leads to one certification or both certifications.
This program is designed to develop literacy professionals who do the following:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of teaching literacy.
- Understand literacy acquisition as something that occurs across the lifespan, out of school, as well as in school.
- Create positive connections with families and communities in order to support both in- and out-of-school literacy learning.
- Demonstrate an understanding and respect for cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity.
- Have the ability to create programs to address the strengths and needs of individual learners.
- Have advanced knowledge of the learner and learning environment as well as practical skills in design, implementation, teaching strategies, assessment, and evaluation of literacy programs.
- Encourage all teachers, regardless of discipline or special areas, to understand language and literacy as tools for thinking and learning that integrate reading, writing, listening, speaking, and visual representation.
- Have the expertise and habits of mind that lead to equitable pedagogy in order to address the needs of all students, including those with diverse perspectives and special needs.
- Understand the nature of adult learners and knowledge of various approaches to instructional coaching.
- Practice continuous reflection and professional development.
Candidates are required to have initial or provisional teacher certification and present satisfactory evidence of the ability to perform at the graduate level for admission to the graduate program in literacy education at St. John Fisher College. The School of Education Admissions Committee and the program director assess applicant qualifications. To comply with New York state regulations, all new applicants to graduate-level teacher certification programs must provide St. John Fisher College with official scores from the GRE or MAT.
For information regarding application and admission to the Master of Science in Literacy Education program, please contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific information regarding the Master of Science in Literacy Education program, please contact Dr. Kathleen Broikou, program director, at (585) 385-8112 or email email@example.com.