Literacy Education Studies, EdM

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.

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Why Literacy Education Studies at UB?

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:

  • An understanding of literacy as a complex process that will explore the needs of all students
  • An ability to transform subject matter in ways that honor the content and students at hand
  • A thorough background knowledge in subject matter content, reflecting an understanding of theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading, writing, speaking and listening processes and instruction
  • A knowledge of planning, guiding, and assessing learning, using varied and responsive instructional approaches, practices and materials

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Degree/credentials required for admission Bachelor's degree
Teacher certification granted
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
  • Adult literacy coaches
  • Elementary/secondary education reading teachers in a private or overseas school setting
  • English as a second language (ESL) teachers in a private or overseas school setting
  • Reading specialists in a private or overseas school setting
  • Special education and remedial reading educators in a private or overseas school setting
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall/Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
Non Teacher Certification

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.

Program Coursework

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)

  • LAI 539 Strategic Teaching and Reading Processes 
    (Prerequisites: LAI 550 and LAI 551)
  • LAI 550 Literacy Acquisition and Instruction PreK-2
  • LAI 551 Childhood Literacy Methods
  • LAI 552 Middle Childhood-Adolescent Literacy Methods
  • LAI 556 Classroom Literacy Assessment and Instruction
    (Prerequisites: LAI 550 and LAI 551)
  • LAI 560 Improving Instruction in Elementary Language Arts
  • LAI 563 Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • LAI 576 Literacy and Technology
  • Choose one:
    LAI 565 Literature for Children and Young People
    LAI 580 Literature for Young Adults

Electives (3 credits)

  • Any 1 course approved by your advisor

Capstone Event: Comprehensive Exam or Project

Application Requirements

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:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.) 
  • Contact information for two individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Statement of education and career goals

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.

Supporting Documentation

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.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

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.

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

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.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.