University at Albany

M.Sc. On Campus Online
12 months
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Increase your knowledge of concepts in literacy learning and apply teaching methods during practical experiences that help diverse students gain critical strategies for reading and writing with the Literacy program of University at Albany.


Available online or campus-based, the master's in literacy will extend your initial certificate to teach literacy with students in grades B-6, 5-12, or B-12. Each specialty track includes the core literacy coursework, practicum experiences, and a pedagogical knowledge. The Literacy program of University at Albany provides you with instructional frameworks for the academic levels you wish to teach.

With a focus on responsive teaching and empowerment, current research, and policy issues, the program prepares you for a successful career as a classroom literacy teacher, literacy specialist, or literacy coach.

Program of Study

Become a Certified Literacy Specialist

The MS in Literacy is for current teachers seeking initial literacy certification in New York State. To be admitted, you must already possess initial or professional teaching certification in any other content area.

In addition to fulfilling the education requirement for initial certification, the master's in literacy also meets the education criteria needed for professional certification in both literacy and the content area of your original initial certificate.

The MS in Literacy program accommodates students working as full-time teachers. All courses are offered online and/or held in the evening on campus. Also, all practicum courses take place after school hours.

A well-compensated career path

Literacy specialists are well compensated. For example, in Albany, NY, the median annual salaries for literacy specialist teachers and literacy coaches are $68,514 and $71,891, respectively. This is notably higher than the combined average salary of $61,732 for all other K-12 teachers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literacy in Society
  • Classroom Literacy Instruction
  • Practicum: Writing in the Classroom, 1-6
  • Data-Based Decision Making in Literacy Assessment, Policy, and Practice
  • Children's Literature
  • Early Literacy Development, B-2

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

This program is not available to international applicants. 




30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts of all schools attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • An equivalent first childhood/elementary teaching certificate from any state

Tuition Fee

  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11550 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5655 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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