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Teaching Literacy (B-6) and Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education, Master of Science in Education

Education Specialties
48 Credits

The School of Education
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus, Manhattan Campus, Long Island Graduate Center


The 48-credit program will provide the Master’s Degree candidates with dual certification in Literacy Birth through Grade 6 and Teaching Children with Disabilities- Childhood Special Education. It will give initially certified teachers the opportunity to enrich their classroom pedagogy with specialization in Literacy and Special Education. This dual Master’s program is designed to foster the development of skills, attitudes, and diagnostic abilities needed to improve literacy functioning and identify and remediate learning and behavior disorders.

Students will be endorsed for New York State Certification in both Literacy- Birth through Grade 6 and Teaching Children with Disabilities- Childhood Special Education upon completion of coursework, passing the comprehensive exams in each discipline, and pass the Content Specialty Tests in Literacy and Special Education.

This dual Master’s Program can enhance and diversify your employment options by making you eligible for:

  • Literacy Specialist
  • Diagnostician
  • Clinician
  • Resource Room Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Certification in Literacy and Special Education – Childhood

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Education Specialties faculty.

Contact Information

For additional information, call our Office of Graduate Admission at 718-990-2304 or email [email protected].



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This Master’s degree can only be taken by students with initial NYS certification.

Download the program planning sheet (Word).

Technology Core Courses (3 Credits)

  • EDU 7266: Technology for Teaching Literacy Applications in Regular and Special Education Settings
    EDU 7267: Technology for Literacy-Based Applications in Content Area Learning in Regular and Special         Education  Settings (for students with a more advanced background in technology)

Literacy Methodology Core: (21 Credits)

  • EDU 3200: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for General Education and         (ELLs) English Language Learners  K-12*
  • EDU 3210: Research & Practice of Teaching Writing in General Inclusion Education  ($25.00 Fee)
  • EDU 3220: Approaches, Materials, and Performance Evaluation in Literacy Development    K-12*
  • EDU 3230 : Diagnosis and Case Study Analysis of Literacy Performance*
  • EDU 3240: Case Study and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners*
  • EDU 3264:  Teaching Literacy through Literature B-6
  • EDU 3270: Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas*
    EDU 3283: Research and Strategies in Literacy Leadership

Special Education Core (18 Credits)

  • EDU 9707: Curriculum Adaptation and Modification Planning for Exceptional Students –      Childhood*
  • EDU 9711: Education & Accommodating Needs of Individuals with Exceptionalities K-12*
  • EDU 9712: Educational Assessment of Individuals with Exceptionalities *
  • EDU 3241: Multi-sensory Approach to Language Learning Part I
  • EDU 9718: Curriculum & Instructional Design for Individuals with Exceptionalities: Math, Science & Social Studies- Childhood*     
  • EDU 9719: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavioral Supports K-12*

Capstone Courses: Program Completion (6 Credits)

  • EDU 3250: Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction B-6 *
    50 hrs of remediation NOT including testing      
    Comprehensive Exam should be taken this semester
  • EDU 9702: Practicum in Special Education – Childhood Final Semester *
    150 hours Elementary Special Education School
    Comprehensive Exam should be taken this semester