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Literacy Education, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) , NY,
The Queens College Master’s Degree program in Literacy is designed to offer an integrated, theoretically grounded view of literacy and literacy learning that addresses the needs of students and teachers in diverse communities.


The Literacy faculty focus on preparing graduate candidates for their careers in roles as classroom teachers, interventional literacy teachers, clinicians, supervisors, and directors or coordinators of literacy in school districts who can develop, implement, and evaluate literacy programs at schools and in agencies, and who can work with individual students and their families. We promote rigorous scholarship and research, contextualized learning and service in school and community settings, and opportunities for critical reflection on the role of literacy in society and about our responsibilities as educators. Technology is infused throughout our program with students engaged in creating and using podcasts, webquests and electronic portfolios.

Programme Structure

The QC Secondary Literacy program's knowledge base and practices are consistent with International Literacy Association (LRA) Standards and New York State regulations. Completion of the course work and a passing score on the Literacy Content Specialty Test (CST)will lead to New York State certification as Literacy Specialist (formerly titled "Reading Teacher"). It is expected that all candidates completing the program of study will be recommended for, and attain, New York State certification as Literacy Specialists.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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).

  • An interview may be required
  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
  • N.Y.S initial teaching certification in any secondary or elementary area
  • Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test are required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    805 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 805 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    805 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 805 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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