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Literacy Education - Grades 5-12, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 15 months
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Three professional certification tracks within the master’s in literacy education program give you the choice of adding to your teaching credentials in a variety of grade levels.Designed for teachers who hold initial certification, the program offers curricula leading to literacy education certification in:Birth - Grade 6Grades 5-12Birth - Grade 12


Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Each semester (including summer), you have the option of taking 1-3 classes, thereby controlling the tempo of program completion to suit your needs and busy schedule. You can complete the program in just 15 months, if you schedule your classes accordingly.

The program’s curriculum emphasizes teaching strategies, assessment, and literacy program evaluation. Courses are designed to help you, as a literacy educator, create programs that address the strengths and needs of individual learners, as well as make positive connections with families and communities in support of both in- and out-of-school literacy learning.

Programme Structure

  • Nature and Acquisition of Literacy 
  • Language, Literacy, and Diversity 
  • Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas 
  • Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction 
  • Practicum in Literacy: Grades 5-12 

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity Part-time
          • Average part-time duration 15 months
          • Part-time variant
        • Credits
          30 alternative credits
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:


          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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        • Minimum required score:


          The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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).

        • Completed online application.
        • Application fee.
        • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
        • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable).
        • Two letters of recommendation which can be submitted online. 
        • Current résumé and personal goals statement.
        • Results of the TOEFL (if native language is not English).

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          920 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 920 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.
        • National Applies to you

          920 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 920 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        Living costs for Rochester

        • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
          Living Costs

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


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