Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 12), M.S.

The master’s degree in Literacy Education prepares graduates to help all students develop essential literacy skills through culturally responsive curriculum and instruction.

This program reflects the latest research and work around literacy instruction through personal instruction, dynamic online experiences, and community-based projects. This program meets the academic requirements for initial and professional New York State teacher certification in Literacy Education (both Birth-Grade 6 and Grades 5-12); existing initial certification in any teaching area is required.

Suggested Application Deadline: January 15 | More admissions information

Why Literacy Education at Syracuse?

  • Complete your degree in one calendar year, or study part time while working with flexible course options – all classes are in the afternoon, evening, or summer to accommodate working teachers.
  • The program aligns with the professional standards of the International Literacy Association.
  • Take classes and work with with faculty who have received special recognition for teaching excellence, and are leaders in national and international professional organizations such as National Council of Teachers of EnglishInternational Literacy Association, and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Small student cohorts and a highly engaged alumni network mean you get to know your teachers and peers who will become your lifelong colleagues.
  • Intensive field experiences provide rich teaching experience with youth from diverse backgrounds. Field experiences include the full range of child development and school grades, as well as opportunities to participate in our Summer Literacy Clinic.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad trips or semester-long programs around the world. School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.

Our graduates are in schools and community organizations across the US and internationally including England, Canada, Spain, and Thailand, in roles such as:

  • Classroom and subject area teachers
  • Consultant teachers
  • Literacy Specialists and Coaches
  • Teacher leaders, department chairs, or school administrators
  • Media, communications, and literacy professionals
  • Further studies in Literacy Education, Educational Leadership, Library Science, or another area of interest

Program Contacts

Breana Nieves Vergara, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions|315.443.2505
Breana Nieves Vergara
Lauren Schmidt, Career and Certification Counselor|315.443.2956
Lauren Schmidt
Bong Gee Jang, Associate Professor|315.443.5186
Bong Gee Jang