Literacy Programs

Not sure which literacy program to choose? We offer three master's programs, a doctoral program concentration and an advanced certificate.

Doctoral Degrees

Advanced Certificates

PROGRAM
FEATURE
PROGRAM NAME

Literacy Specialist Education

Childhood Education with Literacy Emphasis

Literacy Education Studies

Literacy Advanced Certificate

Academic
credential
granted

Master of Education (EdM)

Master of Education (EdM)

Master of Education (EdM)

Advanced Certificate

Credits required
for completion


36


 


33


 


30


 


15

(may be more depending on previous coursework)

Teacher certification
granted

Literacy specialist
B–12

Classroom teacher
grades 1–6

UB does not issue certification

Students who successfully complete the LES program can submit Ed.M. coursework (along with other requirements) directly to NY state or independent pathway for teacher certification

UB does not issue certification

Students can submit coursework (along with other requirements) directly to NY state or independent pathway for teacher certification

Degree/
Credentials required
for admission

Bachelor’s degree
and
Initial NY State Certification

Bachelor’s degree
and
NY State Elementary Education 1–6 Initial Certification

Bachelor’s degree

NY state initial certification only needed if seeking certification through NY state or independent pathway

Bachelor’s degree

NY state initial certification needed if seeking certification through NY state or independent pathway

Completion time

5 to 6 part-time
semesters (full-time
not available)

3 full-time
semesters

Or

4 to 6 part-time
semesters

3 full-time
semesters

Or

4 to 6 part-time
semesters

2 to 5 part-time
semesters

Course delivery

100% Online

Or

Mix of on-campus
and online classes

100% Online

Or

Mix of on-campus
and online classes

100% Online

Or

Mix of on-campus
and online classes

100% Online

Or

Mix of on-campus
and online classes

Practicum included
in program

Yes

No

No

Yes

Career opportunities

Classroom teacher
Or
Literacy specialist

Childhood education teacher grades 1–6

Classroom teacher (if completed coursework is submitted to NY state/independent
pathway for certification)

Or

Private school
classroom teacher
Private school
literacy specialist

Teacher education professional