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Master's in birth-grade 12 literacy

St. Bonaventure University literacy student reading to childThis Master of Science in Education (MSED) in Literacy degree program, offered 100% online, is designed for certified teachers who wish to acquire a master’s degree to teach birth to grade 12 literacy.

You earn a full degree in a 15-month, 36-credit-hour, online program that includes an in-person or online summer practicum.

This program leads to a Master of Science in Education (MSED) in Literacy Education Birth to Grade 12 degree and a recommendation for dual certification in Literacy Education: Birth to Grade 6 AND Secondary Grades 5-12. This equips you with the skills and versatility to teach in a number of areas, such as a reading specialist, a literary coach, or as a K-12 literacy certified classroom teacher.

The heart of the program content includes professional field experience, learning to assess and diagnosis reading abilities followed by the SBURC practicum, and opportunities to provide coaching professional development by and for peers and parents alike.

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Complete this program in 15 months

This 15-month, 36-credit-hour, online graduate program in literacy includes:
  • methods and theory designed to have your students fall in love with reading
  • training in reading assessment and teaching reading strategies
  • in-person or online practicum experience in your own classroom during the spring and/or a short 7-week summer experience while K-12 school is not in session, both perfect for the working teacher
  • being prepared for the NYS literacy certification exam
  • Working full time and need more time? 

    For students who need a lighter course load we also offer a two year completion timeline. Program director, Sheri Voss, can assist students with a step-by-step plan to graduation.

    Inspiration & Opportunity

    Two recent Birth to Grade 12 Literacy graduates share how the program served as a gateway to success in their teaching careers.

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    SBU Reading Center practicum experience

    One value of this online graduate level program in literacy is the ability to learn from anywhere with individualized mentoring from a dedicated group of experienced teacher educators.

    A hallmark feature of this program is the St Bonaventure University Reading Center (SBURC) Practicum experience. It covers K-12 grade ranges ensuring that teachers get practical experience across grade levels to take with them into their careers.

    The practicum is completed in two phases:
    • in the spring in teachers’ own classrooms or placement
    • in the summer, either online or in an arranged in-person placement.
    This flexible in-house/online practicum makes an ideal situation for teachers to put best practices in-action with immediacy in their own locales.

    The practicum is supervised by St. Bonaventure faculty from the program and is accompanied by individual support from the faculty who focus on the various issues experienced by their young readers. Successful completion is a requirement for graduation from the program. 

    Youngsters in a St. Bonaventure University summer reading program
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      May 20, 2022 | The St. Bonaventure University Reading Center is once again partnering with Archbishop Walsh Academy/Southern Tier Catholic School of Olean to conduct its Fall In Love With Reading summer reading program aimed at improving children’s reading skills and making reading fun.

      Mar 16, 2022 | Dr. Pamina Abkowitz, assistant professor of childhood education, and Dr. Anne-Claire Fisher, associate professor and interim director of the inclusive special education program, presented at the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) conference on March 3 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

      Feb 16, 2022 | Dr. Kathryn J. Andrews, assistant professor of childhood education, published an article titled "Nature’s Role in Young Children’s Everyday Science Learning: A Case Study" in Children, Youth and Environments, a biannual, peer-reviewed academic journal.