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
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
  • 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

Spring: 
Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Summer: 
Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Fall: 
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15
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.

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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.