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M.S. in Literacy Education

The Master of Science in Literacy Education is designed for teachers who hold initial or provisional classroom certification and wish to become certified in literacy education. There are three literacy tracks leading toward professional certification:

  • Birth - Grade 6: 30 credit hour program
  • Grades 5-12: 30 credit hour program
  • Birth - Grade 12: 36 credit hour program

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Program Highlights

  • Can be completed in 4 semesters (15 months)
  • Structured for working professionals
  • Classes are offered in the evening
  • Program starts in fall, spring, or summer
  • Flexible schedule – can take one, two, or three classes each semester

General Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Requirements

  • A copy of New York State Teaching Certification is required or proof of pending certification is required for students just completing their undergraduate studies

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.)

M.S. in Literacy Education

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or

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