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

Education Specialties


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

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


Download the program planning sheet (Word).

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

Dual Master's Degree

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 B-12   
EDU 3220: Approaches, Materials, and Performance Evaluation in Literacy Development K-12*
EDU 3264: Teaching Literacy through Literature B-6
EDU 3270: Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas*
EDU 9003: Literacy Development for First and Second Language Learners
EDU 3230: Diagnosis and Case Study Analysis of Literacy Performance* (25 hrs.)
EDU 3250:  Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction B-6 * (pre-re. 3230) (25hrs).

EDU 9700: Research in Collaborative Partnerships, Strategic Instruction for General, Special and Inclusive Settings
EDU 9707: Curriculum Adaptation and Modification Planning for Exceptional Children- Childhood
EDU 9711: Education & Accommodating Needs of Individuals with Exceptionalities K-12
EDU 9712: Educational Assessment of Individuals with Exceptionalities (Pre-Req. 9711)
EDU 9716: Curriculum & Instruction Design for Teaching Literacy to Individual with Exceptionalities: Childhood   (20 hours of field work)
EDU 9718: Curriculum & Instruction Design for Individuals: Math, Science, & Social Studies
EDU 9719: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis & Positive Behavioral Support K-12
EDU 9702: Practicum in Special Education (150 hours)

Program Contact

Dr. Yvonne Pratt-Johnson

Chair and Professor

Sullivan Hall Room 415