12 months
855 USD/credit 25650 USD/year
855 USD/credit 25650 USD/year
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The Literacy Program at The City University of New York is a 35-41 credit graduate program designed to develop excellent literacy instructors for children and youth of all backgrounds.


In this Literacy Program at The City University of New York, teachers increase their abilities to create effective literacy instruction for linguistically, socio-economically, and developmentally diverse classrooms. Teachers also develop skill in integrating in-depth knowledge of current research with active inquiry into literacy methodologies. 

What you'll learn

The program is state-certified and graduates can be certified in one of two license strands: Birth to 6th Grade Literacy License or 5th to 12th Grade Literacy License

Each spring, the Literacy Program sponsors an Urban Educators' Conference. The conference offers interactive workshops led by teacher researchers and focusing on valuable teaching and literacy approaches.

Join an exciting, nationally accredited, graduate Literacy program that is committed to supporting urban educators. Work towards your New York State Permanent Certification as well as one of two literacy licenses: Birth-6th grade or 5-12th grade

  • Learn how to differentiate instruction, motivate students, strengthen reading and writing abilities, and select and implement powerful resources.
  • Become a critical consumer as well as producer of literacy research. Learn how to conduct your own action research study, explore cutting edge theoretical perspectives and immerse yourself in the most sound and innovative classroom practices.
  • Learn how to organize literacy learning around an inquiry-based, learning-centered classroom.
  • Expand your understanding of what literacy is and can be in your own and your students' lives. Increase you skill in supporting children and youth to make meaning and sense out of different kinds of texts and to cultivate their voice and agency as writers and learners.
  • Become a reflective practitioner of your craft and a literacy leader in your chosen field! 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Emergent to Fluent Literacy (for B-6th Certification)
  • Fluent to Experienced Literacy (for 5th – 12th Certification)
  • Literacy Strategies & Resources Across the Curriculum (for B-6th Certification)
  • Literacy Strategies & Resources Across the Curriculum (for 5th – 12th Certification)
  • First & Second Language/ Dialect and Literacy Acquisition
  • Writing for Teachers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's Conferred Degree Date.
  • A 3.0 average in the above degree & prerequisite courses.
  • Three letters of reference: two must be current professional.
  • A successful interview with literacy faculty. 
  • Initial New York State Certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary Education or Special Education.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.


  • Full-time - $5,545/semester
  • Part-time - $470/credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 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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