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Literacy Specialist (Birth-Grade 12)

12 months
23100 USD/year
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Literacy Specialist (Birth-Grade 12) from Buffalo State SUNY leads to a college recommendation for NYS Teacher Certification. Buffalo State cannot determine the acceptability of an Educator Preparation Program for licensure/certification in another U.S. state or territory. 


At Literacy Specialist (Birth-Grade 12) from Buffalo State SUNY graduates of this program also will be able to serve as effective resources and leaders for school-wide literacy curriculum and instruction. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible for a college recommendation for NYS certification in Literacy Birth - Grade 6 and Literacy Grades 5-12.


This program prepares professional literacy specialists to provide instruction for students with reading or writing difficulties. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory, Research, and Practice in Literacy Instruction
  • Teaching Writing: B-12 or Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades
  • Literacy Instruction for Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades
  • Literacy in the Primary Grades or Developing Literacy through Literature
  • Developing Literacy through Literature
  • Literacy Assessment and Evaluation
  • Teaching Strategies for Students with Reading Difficulties
  • Literacy Leadership
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Literacy Theory and Research
  • Seminar in Reading

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling admission for national students.


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have a degree from an accredited college or university leading to New York State teacher certification.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in undergraduate work. Please submit all transcripts.
  • Submit three letters of reference that attest to the applicant’s potential as a literacy specialist. Please note that references should be from professors, school administrators, cooperating teachers (only one), or student teaching supervisors (only one).
  • Submit a professional resume
  • Submit Online Application
  • Submit Application Fee
  • Send Official Transcripts
  • A copy of the applicant's passport bio page.  Passport must be current and not expired. 
  • Financial Statement (FSA-4) (.pdf) 
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit a score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test as documentation of English language proficiency. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5655 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Buffalo

920 - 1560 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Literacy Specialist (Birth-Grade 12)
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