The Literacy Specialist and Special Education MSEd provides teachers with the opportunity to enhance their careers with a dual certification in the fields of both Literacy and Special Education. Choose either a Childhood or Adolescent Track and learn literacy development for children of all competencies.
The Literacy Specialist and Special Education MSEd enables the development of teaching a diverse population of students with various ranges of learning abilities. Coursework is offered in Research, Differentiated Teaching Methods, Diagnosis and Assessment, Technological Integration, Writing and Media Production, and Literature. Classes are conveniently offered in the evening and include face-to-face, hybrid, and online coursework in lecture, fieldwork, and practica experiences.
The practica will take place in the final semester in which the candidates complete 50-hours in Literacy and 40 hours in Special Education in early and intermediate level placements for the Childhood Track, and young adolescent and high school level placements for the Adolescent Track.
Certification and Career Outcomes
Graduates who pass the New York State Certification Exams will become a certified Literacy and Special Education Specialist in their chosen track:
Childhood: Special Education (Grades 1-6) AND Literacy Specialist in Childhood (Pre-K-Grade 6) OR
Adolescent: Special Education (Grades 7-12) AND Literacy Specialist in Adolescent (Grades 5-12)
Once certified, teachers can explore career paths such as Literary Specialists and Coaches, and Special Education Teachers in special education or inclusive classrooms.
New York State classroom teaching certificate (Initial or Professional)
A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution (official transcripts documenting degree must be submitted).
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.
Submission and review of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended.
Completion of the application process, including a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and, in some cases, an admission interview.
For more information, contact: Dr. Fran Falk-Ross, Professor & Coordinator, Literacy Specialist Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Pace School of Education?
We prepare graduates of our program to be reflective practitioners who promote justice, create caring classrooms and school communities, and enable all students to be successful learners.
Candidates benefit from the depth and breadth of content knowledge for both personal enrichment, pre-professional development, and social/cultural enlightenment.
What is my job outlook?
The need for talented teachers has never been greater;
95% of our graduates reported getting jobs within the first year of graduation.