If you currently teach or plan on teaching and want to learn more about developmental reading, and are not seeking New York State teaching certification, our literacy education studies program will provide you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals. Our program will expand your knowledge of the theories, methods, and materials of reading, reading instruction, language, language instruction and reading assessment, enabling you to develop competencies that will enrich students’ capabilities.
Upon completion of this program, you will be able to design, develop and evaluate authentic learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources as well as demonstrate:
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM) |
|Degree/credentials required for admission||Bachelor's degree|
|Teacher certification granted ||None|
|Credits required for completion||30 |
|Time to completion||4 to 5 part-time semesters |
2 to 3 full-time semesters, if course scheduling allows
|Program delivery||On campus or online |
|Career opportunities|| |
|Application deadline||Priority Deadlines |
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Fall: Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15
Apply to this program if you have an interest in literacy education and are not interested in obtaining a recommendation for New York State teaching certification. Students that complete this program without certification can teach outside of New York State, internationally and within schools that do not require certification.
The online literacy education studies EdM program is offered part-time and fully online. It is comprised of 30 credit hours and can be completed in two years.
Requirements (27 credit hours)
Electives (3 credits)
Capstone Event: Comprehensive Exam or Project
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and an interest in literacy education at the graduate level.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.
Admission Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 2-4 weeks. 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.
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
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 are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled 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.
The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.