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 1-6 settings at some point in their careers.

The degree provides teachers with extended research-based knowledge in the areas of the 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). Buffalo Center students start the program in the fall (with occasional exceptions), while Olean students may start the literacy program in the summer, fall or spring terms.

The MSED in Childhood 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. 

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.

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

 Application and Information

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 childhood literacy, please contact the program director:

Dr. Karen Wieland
Plassmann B28
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2369

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Dodge, Autumn M.

Titles/Responsibilities Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Literacy
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2387
Office Location/Hours Office: Plassmann Hall, B34
Courses Taught

Fall 2013 at St. Bonaventure University:

  • READ 560: Literacy in the Content Areas
  • READ 525: Problems in Secondary School Literacy
  • READ 501: Theories and Foundations of Literacy
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2013
    Educational Psychology and Educational Technology with Language and Literacy Specialization
  • M.A., Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2007   
    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • B.A., Albion College, 2004   
    English Literature/Journalism
Other Education
Professional Background
  • Substitute Teaching, Kindergarten – Eighth Grade—Spring 2008
    CS Staffing Solutions (Lansing and Flint, MI)
  • Independently Contracted Tutor, High School Students—Spring, Summer 2008
    Rise and Shine Tutoring, LLC (Lansing, MI) 
  • Teacher Trainer: Teacher Training Workshops—Summer 2006
    Yibin, Sichuan Province, China/US Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Cross Cultural Facilitator: Cross-cultural Workshop—Fall 2006
    Chengdu University, Sichuan Province, China/US Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Teacher Trainer: Teacher Training Workshops—Summer 2005
    Sichuan Normal School, Sichuan Province, China/US Peace Corps Volunteer


  • Dodge, A. (2013). From research to practice: Understanding self-regulation.
  • Dodge, A. M., Husain, N., & Duke, N. K. (2011). Connected kids? K-2 children’s use and understanding of the Internet. Language Arts, 89(2), 86-98.


  • Michigan State University College of Education Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award. (2012).

Conference Presentations:

  • Dodge, A., & Kato, C. (2013). Building a sense of community within and outside the classroom: Two instructors’ reflections on integrating Facebook into face-to-face instruction. Barcelona, Spain: EDULEARN Conference.
  • Dodge, A. (2012). Understanding and Use of the Internet: A Comprehensive Review Across Childhood and Adolescent Development. San Diego, California: Literacy Research Association Conference.
  • Dodge, A. (2012). Relationship of self-efficacy and anxiety to elementary students’ reading comprehension. Dissertation proposal presented at Michigan State University Literacy Colloquy.
  • Halladay, J., & Dodge, A. M. (2009). Reading “over their heads”: Profiles of second graders reading difficult texts. Albuquerque, New Mexico: National Reading Conference.
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects

Dissertation Research: Relationship Among Reading Self-Efficacy, Reading Anxiety, Internalizing Problem Behaviors and Reading Comprehension Performance

Other Interests/Community Involvement

I joined the St. Bonaventure University School of Education faculty in the fall of 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Reading/Literacy. This fall, I teach READ 560: Literacy in the Content Areas at St. Bonaventure University's Buffalo Center Campus in Hamburg, READ: 525: Problems of Literacy in the Secondary Schools on-campus, and READ 501: Theories and Foundations of Literacy online. 

Prior to joining the St. Bonaventure community, I was a doctoral student studying Educational Psychology with a Specialization in Language and Literacy at Michigan State University where I served as a research assistant for the College of Education's Cognitive Development Lab, an editorial assistant for the Journal of Literacy Research, a graduate instructor of undergraduate teacher education courses, and a graduate instructor of Master's literacy courses for Michigan State University's Master's program in Teaching and Curriculum. I also volunteered at St. Thomas Aquinas school assisting their reading specialist in administering reading assessments for grade K-8 students and volunteered with my therapy dog at the East Lansing Public Library and Mt. Hope Elementary School where we sat with and encouraged young children as they read books aloud.  

Before beginning my doctoral studies, I completed my Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Midway through my Master’s program, I served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a teacher of English at Chengdu University in Sichuan Province, China for two years. My teaching experience in China served as my TESOL Master’s practicum and continues to inform my views, practices, and goals for literacy education, especially as related to culturally and linguistically diverse literacy learners. 

My dissertation research concerned the relationships between cognitive and affective factors and reading comprehension performance among elementary students. Specifically, I examined the relationships between reading self-efficacy, reading anxiety, internalizing problem behaviors, and reading comprehension performance in grades 4 and 5 students.