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Literacy, Advanced Certificate

Education Specialties

Overview

The Advanced Certificate in Literacy Programs, B-6 and 5-12 (21 credits each), enable the initially certified teacher to acquire the skills to teach reading, writing, and related language arts to students from early childhood to high school levels.  Both prospective and practicing teachers acquire the skills to become reading specialists capable of assessing reading and writing ability, and helping children and adolescents overcome their literacy-related problems.  As such, the Advanced Certificate in Literacy can enhance one’s employability and career advancement in today’s educational marketplace . Literacy courses (6 credits) taken as part of a previously earned Master’s in Education may be counted for this Advanced certificate.

Department Contacts

Queens Campus
Dr. E. Francine Guastello, Ed.D.
718-990-1475
[email protected]

Staten Island Campus
Dr. Gina Cicco
718-390-4068
[email protected]

Admission

To be eligible for the Advanced Certificate in Literacy, you must have completed a master’s degree and possess initial teaching certification. Literacy courses taken as part of a previously earned Master’s Degree in Education can be counted for this Advanced Certificate.

Contact Information

Queens Campus
Graduate Admissions  
Newman Hall Room 149
8000 Utopia Pkwy
Queens, NY 11439

718-990-2304
[email protected]

 

Courses

Certification
Students need not take the comprehensive exams, but must complete all coursework with a GPA of no less than 3.0 and pass the Content Specialty Exam in Literacy to be endorsed for New York State Certification.

Advanced Certificate in Teaching Literacy (Birth – Grade 6) attached to an existing Master’s Program with Initial Certification, 21 Credits

Download the program planning sheet (Word).

  • Edu 3200  Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for General Education and English Learners (ELLs), K-12
  • Edu 3210  Research and Practice of Teaching Writing in General and Inclusive Education ($25.00 Fee) OR
  • Edu 3264  Teaching Literacy through Literature, B-6 
  • Edu 3220  Approaches, Materials, and Performance Evaluation, K-12
  • Edu 3270  Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in Content Areas
  • Edu 3230  Diagnosis and Recommendations for Literacy Performance (Pre. or coreq: 3220 and 3270).  
  • Edu 3240  Literacy and Assessment Strategies for Diverse Learners (pre. Requisite, 3230) 
  • Edu 3250  Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction (Pre. Requisites 3230 and 3240).

All students must take the CST in Literacy And have all scores sent to St. John’s and bring a copy of your scores to your advisor to be placed in the your docket. 

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in education and initial certification
  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts showing a B (3.0 GPA) or better average
  • Essay

What you need to know:

  • St. John’s OPEID# 00282300
  • Program Name:  Teaching Literacy in Grades B-6
  • College/School:  The School of Education
  • Program Level: Advanced Certificate
  • CIP Code and Description: 13.1315 Reading Teacher Education
  • Normal Length of Program: Three semesters and one summer session ( Please note that students can work at their own pace so actual length of time to complete the program may vary.)
  • Related Occupations: Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code of 25-2022.00 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • Tuition, Fees, Books, & Room & Board Costs: Tuition, Fees, Room & and Board Costs are based on prevailing rate of the year in which courses applicable certificate program are taken. For more information, please click here
  • Median Federal Student Loan Debt: No statistical data available since there were less than 10 graduates in the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Median Private Loan Debt: No statistical data available since there were less than 10 graduates in the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Program Completion in Normal Time: No statistical data available since there were less than 10 graduates in the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Job Placement Rate: Awaiting establishment of NCES methodology to calculate this rate.

Advanced Certificate in Teaching Literacy, Grades 5-12, 21 Credits

Download the program planning sheet (Word).

  • EDU 3200 - Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for General Education and English Language Learners (ELLs), K-12
  • EDU 3220 - Approaches, Materials and Performance Evaluation
  • EDU 3215 - Research and Practice of Teaching Writing in General and Inclusive Education OR
  • EDU 3265 - Teaching Literacy through Literature, 5-12
  • EDU 3270 - Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in Content Areas
  • EDU 3230 - Diagnosis and Recommendations for Literacy Performance (Pre. or Coreq. 3220 and 3270)
  • EDU 3240 - Literacy and Assessment Strategies for Diverse Learners (Prereq. 3230)
  • EDU 3255 - Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction (Prereq. 3230 and 3240)

All students must take the CST in Literacy and have all score sent to St. John's.  Bring a copy of your scores to your advisor to be placed in your docket.

Admission Requirements 

  • Master's degree in education and initial certification
  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts showing a B (3.0 GPA) or better average
  • Essay

What You Need To Know

  • St. John’s OPEID # 00282300
  • Program Name: Teaching Literacy 5-12
  • College/School:  The School of Education
  • Program Level: Advanced Certificate
  • CIP Code and Description: 13.1315 Reading Teacher Education
  • Normal Length of Program: Three semesters and one summer session (Please note that students can work on their own pace so actual length of time to complete the program may vary.)
  • Related Occupations: Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code of 25-2031.00 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  • Tuition, Fees, Books, & Room & Board Costs: Tuition, Fees, Room & and Board Costs are based on prevailing rate of the year in which courses applicable certificate program are taken. For more information, please click here.
  • Median Federal Student Loan Debt: No statistical data available since there were less than 10 graduates in the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Median Private Loan Debt: No statistical data available since there were less than 10 graduates in the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Program Completion in Normal Time: No statistical data available since there were less than 10 graduates in the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Job Placement Rate:  Awaiting establishment of NCES methodology to calculate this rate.

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