The School of EducationQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus, Long Island Graduate Center
The programs with a specialization in Teaching Literacy B-6, Teaching Literacy 5-12 and Teaching Literacy B-12 give the initially certified teacher 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 diagnosing and assisting children and adults in overcoming their literacy-related problems. All coursework reflects New York State Regulations and the 2010 International Reading Association Standards.
Please note that the full degree cannot be taken at the Long Island Graduate Center and at least one course must be taken at our Queens campus.
There are three pathways to certification: Birth through Grade 6 (33 credits); Grades 5 through 12 (33 credits); and Birth through Grade 12 (42 Credits). Students can apply through The School of Education for certification endorsement upon passing the comprehensive exams and the CST Specialty Test in Literacy.
Please see a list of our Education Specialties faculty.
Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements.
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.
Applicants will acquire the skills to:
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.
General Core Courses (6 Credits)
Literacy Methodology Core: (21) Credits)
Literacy Specialist Core (6) Credits)
Literacy Methodology Core: (21 CREDITS)
Literacy Specialist Core (6 Credits)
Literacy Methodology Core: (24 Credits)
Literacy Specialist Core (12 Credits)
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