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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Garrison, René

Titles/Responsibilities Program Director, Differentiated Instruction
Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Differentiated Instruction
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-4078
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B06
Courses Taught
  • DIFF 510. Differentiated Instructional Strategies 
  • DIFF 511. Foundations of Inclusive Education 
  • DIFF 598. Contemporary Field Research and Practicum in Standards-based Differentiated Instruction 
  • SPED 440. Curriculum Adaptation and Instruction for Students with Special Needs
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Education, Special Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
    • Dissertation title: Wroblewski, R. E. (2006). What happens after 3:00?: The social relationships of adolescents with Down syndrome. Dissertation presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. Available at UMI Dissertations [on-line].
  • M.S.Ed., Exceptional Education, State University of New York College at Buffalo
  • B.S., Elementary and Exceptional Education, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Other Education
Professional Background
  • Bardsley, M. E., Berkes, E. J., English, S., Gradwell, J. M., Lesniak, K M., McCarthy, D. S., Mosley, M. , Shanahan, L.E., & Wroblewski, R. E. (2007) Invited presentation – Peer Support Groups for Writing and Research in Graduate School and Beyond. Presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.
  • Parmar, R. S., Wroblewski, R. E., Clements, D., & Sarama, J. (In Press). Measurement. In C. Fennell (Ed.) Special Education and Mathematics: Helping Students with Learning Difficulties Achieve Mathematical Proficiency. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Wroblewski, R. E. (April 2007). Through a New Looking Glass: Social Interactions of Adolescents with Disabilities Through an Educational/Sociological perspective. Paper presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL
  • Wroblewski, R. E. (November, 2006). Just Get Out of the Way: How Teenaged Boys Include Their Friends with Disabilities in Recreational Activities. Presented at the 2006 TASH conference, Baltimore, MD
  • Wroblewski, R. E. (November, 2006). In the Author’s Chair: Preservice Teachers Write Children’s Books About Disability. Presented at the 2006 TASH conference, Baltimore, MD
  • Wroblewski, R. E., Reddish, J., & Ferdinand, P. (May, 2006). Once Upon a Time: Preservice Teachers Write Children’s Books About Disability. Presented at Inclusive Schools and Communities: Building Capacity Through Learning Communities, sponsored by the New York State Education Department. Rye Town, NY
Teaching Philosophy

My basic philosophy of teaching is based on two firmly held beliefs.

  • First, that all people are capable of learning. I strongly believe that if a student is not learning in my class, then I must change something in order for that student to be successful. I teach courses in Differentiated Instruction, which means providing different opportunities for students to engage in learning given their own background knowledge, interests, and strengths. I strive to practice what I preach and differentiate instruction in my own courses as much as possible, while still holding high standards for all students.
  • Second, I believe that learning should not be a painful experience. I want my students to enjoy learning and try to design class activities that push their thinking and allow them to take academic risks in a safe environment. I believe that if learners are actively engaged and excited about the class, then they can’t help but learn
Current Research Interests/Projects
  • Inclusion of students with moderate, multiple, and severe disabilities
  • Utilization of natural support networks for students with significant disabilities
  • Differentiating instruction for students with disabilities and/or academic giftedness
  • Social relationships of adolescents with Down Syndrome
Other Interests/Community Involvement
  • Active in community Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • Chairperson, TASH Personnel Preparation Committee
  • Judge, International ThinkQuest Competition
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