MSEd: Literacy Specialist

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd): Literacy Specialist is designed for individuals who already hold a provisional or Initial Certificate or the equivalent. The program simultaneously prepares classroom teachers to enhance their knowledge of literacy to be more effective classroom teachers and also to be Literacy Specialists in their schools. The master’s degree program is a 30 credit program that leads to permanent or professional certificate in the Teaching of Literacy to Early Childhood/Childhood or Middle Childhood/Adolescent students. 

For
Individuals holding a teaching certificate in childhood or adolescent education who want to become literacy specialists.

What you learn
Graduates of this 30-credit hour program will gain an understanding of the interrelationships among language acquisition, cognitive and metacognitive processes, and literacy development; and develop strategies for working with children who have language and learning disabilities.

How you learn
You choose between an Early Childhood/Childhood (birth–grade 6) or Middle Childhood/Adolescent (grades 5–12) concentration and, after a 12-credit core curriculum, you take a 15-credit sequence of courses in your concentration. Your program culminates in a two-semester practicum with clinical and school experiences and a related teacher-as-researcher course project. The Pace University Center for Literacy Enrichment on the White Plains Campus may be a setting for your internship and research project. For more than 25 years, the Center has provided instruction to improve the reading and writing of elementary and middle school children, with emphasis on literature.

Career outcomes
Candidates who complete this program are eligible for an initial or professional certificate in the teaching of literacy to Early Childhood/ Childhood (birth–grade 6) or Middle Childhood/Adolescent (grades 5–12) students.

Prerequisites/Admission Requirements
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the dean, graduate faculty admissions committee, or the director of Student Support Services, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully.) Candidates must also have a Provisional, Initial, or Professional teaching certificate or comparable certificate from another state. Candidates must also have transcripts demonstrating arts and sciences, content area major, and pedagogical core consistent with our program requirements.

 

Degree Requirements: Early Childhood/Childhood Concentration (Birth–Grade 6)
    Core Requirements (12 credits)
     ED 650 Research and Theories in Language and Literacy Development (Birth–Grade 12) (3)
     ED 758 Writing Process and Media Production (with one unit on animation) (3)
     ED 677 Teaching Literacy Skills to Children with Special Needs (3)
     ED 652 Assessment in Reading and Writing (3)

    Early Childhood/Childhood Concentration (9 credits)
     ED 754 Literature and Digital Storytelling (3)
     ED 655A Early Literacy Learning: Instructional Models and Methods for Primary Grades (Birth–Grade 3) (3)
     ED 755B Literacy Instruction and Technological Applications for the Middle Grades (Grades 4–8) (3)

    Practica and Capstone Experience (9 credits)
     ED 693A Literacy Practicum (Birth–Grade 6) (3)
     ED 693B Literacy Practicum (Birth–Grade 6) (3)
     ED 690 Teacher as Researcher (3)

    Total Credits: 30

 

 

Degree Requirements: Middle Childhood/Adolescent Concentration (Grades 5–12)
    Core Requirements (12 credits)
     ED 650 Research and Theories in Language and Literacy Development (Birth–Grade 12) (3)
     ED 758 Writing Process and Media Production (with one unit on animation) (3)
     ED 677 Teaching Literacy Skills to Children with Special Needs (3)
     ED 652 Assessment in Reading and Writing (3)

    Middle Childhood/Adolescent Concentration (9 credits)
     ED 754 Literature and Digital Storytelling (3)
     ED 757 Content Area Literacy and Technology: Instructional Models and Methods for Secondary Grades (Grades 9–12) (3)
     ED 755B Literacy Instruction and Technological Applications for the Middle Grades (Grades 4–8) (3)

    Practica and Capstone Experience (9 credits)
     ED 694A Literacy Practicum (Grades 5–12) (3)
     ED 694B Literacy Practicum (Grades 5–12) (3)
     ED 690 Teacher as Researcher (3)

    Total Credits: 30