Teaching Literacy, Advanced Certificate

21 Credits
The School of Education
Oakdale Campus


This department offers a 21-credit Advanced Certificate in Literacy B-6 or 5-12 leading to professional certification as a Literacy Specialist. To be eligible for the Advanced Certificate in Literacy, you must have completed a Master’s Degree in Education possessing initial teaching certification. 

The coursework will provide you with the core Literacy courses offered in the Master’s program.


Queens campus
Kelly K. Ronayne, D.A.
Associate Dean
8000 Utopia Parkway

Staten Island campus
Rosette Marie Allegretti, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean
Flynn Hall, 102

Oakdale Campus
Anthony J Annunziato
Associate Professor
La Salle Hall


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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information.

Office of Graduate Admissions
The School of Education

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Career Outcomes

The literacy programs enable teachers to develop a repertoire of literacy strategies that enhance teaching and learning in general education, special education, resource room, and English-language learning environments. If you already have a master’s degree in these areas, the literacy strategies you learn will improve your ability to teach a diverse population of students.

Career Opportunities

  • Reading specialist and diagnostician
  • Private practice as a multisensory instructor
  • Resource room teacher
  • Conference presenter
  • Literacy coach or supervisor
  • University or college professor with Ph.D.
  • Curriculum/staff developer


Literacy students conduct their practicum sessions in after-school settings where they are able to work with children from many schools. St. John’s has built partnerships with local schools to increase placement opportunities for our students after graduation.

Our program is unique in that it allows students to develop skills to teach diverse learners beyond the school setting by providing the background to establish a private practice as a diagnostician and tutor.

Students have the opportunity to work with leaders in the field—instructors who work directly with children in our city schools and who network with schools to assist with placement. Any of the literacy options can lead students to a Ph.D. program in literacy.

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Additional Information

What you Need to Know B-6 (Gainful Employment Disclosures) 
What you Need to Know 5-12 (Gainful Employment Disclosures) 

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Success Story

I chose to come to St. John's University (from Ireland), primarily on a soccer scholarship. Once I arrived here, with each passing day, I soon realized what SJU had to offer, and this is why I stayed.