Literacy Program Requirements


Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current Master of Science in Literacy program information, including requirements and course descriptions.


M.S. in Literacy: Birth - Grade 6 Degree Requirements

  • GRDG 620 - Nature and Acquisition of Literacy (3)
  • GRDG 626 - Language, Literacy, and Diversity (3)
  • GRDG 635 - Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction (3)
  • GRDG 637 - Practicum in Literacy: Birth - Grade 6 (3)
  • GRDG 639 - Emergent Literacy (3)
  • GRDG 640 - Administration and Supervision of Reading and Writing Programs (3)
  • GRDG 650 - Literacy Methods and Materials: Birth - Grade 6 (3)
  • GRDG 658 - Literacy Coaching Practicum (3)
  • GRDG 670 - Theory and Practice of Integrating Literature into the Classroom (3)
  • GRDG 690 - Capstone Project: Action Research in Literacy (3)

Total: 30 credits

M.S. in Literacy: Grades 5-12 Degree Requirements

  • GRDG 620 - Nature and Acquisition of Literacy (3)
  • GRDG 626 - Language, Literacy, and Diversity (3)
  • GRDG 634 - Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas (3)
  • GRDG 635 - Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction (3)
  • GRDG 638 - Practicum in Literacy: Grades 5-12 (3)
  • GRDG 640 - Administration and Supervision of Reading and Writing Programs (3)
  • GRDG 652 - Developing Critical Literacy Skills Through Literature: Grades 5-12 (3)
  • GRDG 658 - Literacy Coaching Practicum (3)
  • GRDG 670 - Theory and Practice of Integrating Literature into the Classroom (3)
  • GRDG 690 - Capstone Project: Action Research in Literacy (3)

Total: 30 credits

M.S. in Literacy: Birth - Grade 6 and Grades 5-12 Degree Requirements

  • GRDG 620 - Nature and Acquisition of Literacy (3)
  • GRDG 626 - Language, Literacy, and Diversity (3)
  • GRDG 634 - Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas (3)
  • GRDG 635 - Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction (3)
  • Choose one:
    • GRDG 637 - Practicum in Literacy: Birth - Grade 6 (3)
    • GRDG 638 - Practicum in Literacy: Grades 5-12 (3)
  • GRDG 639 - Emergent Literacy (3)
  • GRDG 640 - Administration and Supervision of Reading and Writing Programs (3)
  • Choose one:
    • GRDG 650 - Literacy Methods and Materials: Birth-Grade 6 (3)
    • GRDG 652 - Developing Critical Literacy Skills Through Literature: Grades 5-12 (3)
  • GRDG 658 - Literacy Coaching Practicum (3)
  • GRDG 670 - Theory and Practice of Integrating Literature into the Classroom (3)
  • GRDG 690 - Capstone Project: Action Research in Literacy (3)
  • GRDG Elective (3)

Total: 36 credits

To comply with New York State regulations, all applicants to graduate-level teacher certification (or educational leadership certification) programs that will start on or after July 1, 2016 must provide St. John Fisher College with official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)*:

*The only exceptions to the admission requirement of a standardized exam (GRE, MAT, ASLT) for M.S. programs is one of the following:

  • An applicant already has a master's degree and a GPA in that degree of 3.5 or greater; or
  • An applicant already has a Ph.D. or equivalent (e.g. Ed.D. or J.D.)

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