• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The fully online MS in Reading degree at University at Albany is intended for people who work in literacy settings, yet not in the traditional B-12 school settings requiring teacher certification. For example, literacy volunteers, international students, private school providers, after school program coordinators, counselors in prison settings, and so forth may apply for this graduate degree.

Overview

The fully online MS in Reading program at University at Albany was established in 2000, with faculty who have extensive experience teaching in this format, and support systems to continuously improve and expand the high quality online offerings. U.S. News and World Report ranked our online programs (Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, Reading) top in NYS and throughout the northeast and 8th nationally. The courses are taught in the evenings and/or online to facilitate schedules for full-time professionals. We offer a full array of summer courses—both required and electives—to meet the needs of those professionals. In addition, we work closely with New York school district teachers and administrators to regularly update and revise all courses to situate graduates with the most current knowledge in the field.

This program is intended for people who work in literacy settings, yet not in the traditional B-12 school settings requiring teacher certification. For example, literacy volunteers, international students, parents, private school providers, after school program coordinators, counselors in prison settings, and so forth may apply for this graduate degree. It is also open to teachers with expired certification who are interested in working in the non-school setting. The intent of the program is to help graduate students learn about teaching literacy, especially how to engage children and young adults in literacy learning.

Accreditation

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Programme Structure

Focused courses that differentiate between preschool, elementary, middle school, and secondary literacy theory and practice. While all students will take certain required courses, there is flexibility built into the program structure to encourage individual interests.

Program of Study 

Required Courses 
  • Classroom Literacy Instruction 
  • Children's Literature  
  • Literacy in Society
  • Teaching Writing, B-6 
  • MS Research Project
Elective Courses – Select Five
    • Development in Childhood
    • Assessment in Education
    • Language Acquisition, B-2
    • Media Literacy
    • Early Literacy Development, B-2
    • Reading in a Second Language
    • OR Electives as advised 
Final Culminating Project - successful completion of the final culminating project milestone.

Audience

The fully online MS in Reading degree is intended for people who work in literacy settings, yet not in the traditional B-12 school settings requiring teacher certification. For example, literacy volunteers, international students, parents, private school providers, after school program coordinators, counselors in prison settings, and so forth. 

Lecturers

Most of our courses are taught by full-time faculty with a PhD and experienced literacy specialists. Maximum of 25 students/course in online classes.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      1 year.

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time students may take 3-6 credits each semester

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test 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.

General Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA

Tuition Fee

  • International

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    462 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 462 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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The per credit rate for out of state residents is $944.

For in-state students, the per credit rate is $462.

Living costs for Albany

  • 1010 - 1570 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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