The Literacy: Birth to Grade 12 graduate program is designed for teachers who wish to acquire a master’s degree to teach birth to grade 12 literacy.

This program leads to a Literacy Certification, which equips you with the skills to teach in a number of areas as a reading specialist, literacy coach, and as a classroom teacher.

"Elmira's program provides so many opportunities for one to get their foot into the door in all areas of education. This program definitely keeps you busy, but the amount of information you learn will help you extraordinarily."
–Kylie Rosen '23, MSED '24


  • Initial certification (or pending) teaching certificate in elementary and secondary education. (Candidates admitted prior to initial certification have a grace period of one semester from the start of their program to complete their certification since this program leads to professional certification).
  • Official transcripts of all prior college  coursework (3.00/4.00).

State law requires EC to collect immunization records from students taking six or more credit hours in any term.

Field-based Experiences

  • Students will gain experience working with elementary and secondary teachers and literacy coaches.
  • Field-based experiences are integrated into the program in the fall and winter terms. Summer practicum options are also available.

Literacy Birth to 12 Rotation

Summer Term

- RDG 5010 - Perspectives of Literacy Acquisition
- RDG 5047 - Theory to Practice: Teaching Literacy in a Diverse Society

6 credits

Fall Term

- RDG 5400: Graduate Literacy Practicum I
- RDG 5350: Principles of Literacy Assessment and Intervention
- EDU 5330: Instructional Design for the Inclusive Classroom

9 credits

Winter Term

- RDG 5430 Principles of Literacy Leadership
- RDG 5410 Graduate Literacy Practicum II: Midlevel and Adolescent
- RDG 5300 Adolescent Literacy Through a Developmental Lens

9 credits

Spring Term

- RDG 6000 Graduate Seminar in Literacy
- EDU 5900 Principles of Educational Research

6 credits

If you wish to complete the MSEd Literacy program on a different progression cycle (e.g., two years, one course per term, or some other sequence) you will need to work with the Director of Graduate Studies to develop an individualized plan that meets your specific needs and circumstances.

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