This degree is designed for teachers who wish to address the demanding literacy needs of their students or who may wish to serve in grades 5-12 settings at some point in their careers.

The degree provides teachers with extended research-based knowledge in the areas of literacy development and processes, diagnosis and remediation of literacy difficulties, teaching linguistically and culturally diverse learners, and supervision of reading and literacy programs.

The 30-credit hour degree can be completed in as little as a year on campus (summer, fall, spring) or at the Buffalo Center (fall, spring, summer, fall). Buffalo Center students start the literacy program in the fall (with occasional exceptions), while Olean students may start in the summer, fall or spring terms.

The MSED in Adolescent Literacy meets the criteria for, and may be used in partial fulfillment of, the requirements for initial and professional certification in the state of New York.

Between 2008 and 2012, SBU's Literacy program graduates achieved a pass rate of 99% on New York State's Content Specialty Test for Literacy (146 test takers). This is a testament to both the quality of the program and its focus on International Reading Association Standards for Reading Professionals at the Literacy Specialist/Literacy Coach level.

The only candidates recommended for reading certification in New York by the School of Education are those who have completed the master's degree in its entirety.

Students pursuing Reading Specialist certification may be eligible for the Federal Teach Grant.

Information and Application

Application information and links are found here.

Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or or submit an online request for graduate admission materials.

For more information regarding the degree in adolescent or childhood literacy, please contact the program director:
Dr. Karen M. Wieland
Plassmann B28
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2369


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