Our literacy specialist master's program focuses on developmental reading, including study of developmental readers, reading processes, and reading instruction at the pre-school and emergent level, elementary grades and secondary grades. Another major focus area of this program is the study of reading difficulties, including classroom and clinical assessment, evaluation, and diagnosis of reading. Through our program, you can obtain dual certifications: B–6 Literacy Specialist and 5–12 Literacy Specialist.
To be eligible for this program, you must have applied for, or received, initial New York State teacher certification.
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM)|
|Certification option||Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Initial and Professional Certification in Literacy Education|
|Grade levels||All grades|
|Credits required for completion||36 to 37|
|Time to completion||4 to 5 part-time semesters |
2 to 3 full-time semesters, if course scheduling allows
|Course delivery||On campus|
|Career opportunities||Literacy Specialist|
|Clinical experience hours|| |
|Application deadline||Priority Deadlines |
Fall/Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
At this time, we encourage you to utilize the at-home GRE to fulfill the admissions requirements. An at-home MAT exam is not currently being offered.
However, for those who had cancelled tests, or are having issues with taking the at-home GRE, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. There are options available for having your application reviewed while we work with you to figure out an alternative plan to complete the standardized testing requirement.
You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that all students applying for certification as of December 31, 2013 have 6 hours of coursework or training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As mandated by NYSED six clock hours of training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This workshop is available through the University at Buffalo as well as other NYSED-approved providers. If you have already completed a workshop through a NYSED-approved provider, you must submit proof of completion when you apply.
The New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the teacher education programs. If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may take our students with disabilities course (LAI 574).
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.
If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.