Literacy Specialist Education

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.

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Why Literacy Specialist Education at UB?

The features of our program include:
  • clinic-based practicum working directly with readers in the University at Buffalo Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction and a classroom-based summer practicum at a school in a local district
  • knowledge of the theories, methods and materials of reading instruction, language instruction, reading assessment and diagnosis
  • study of literacy and technology; adolescent literacy practices; and content area reading instruction, language, literacy and culture

To be eligible for this program, you must have applied for, or received, initial New York State teacher certification.

Literacy Specialist Education Program

Initial / Professional

Program Overview

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 or online
Career opportunities Literacy Specialist
Clinical experience hours
  • 100 hours of field experience
  • Additional clinical experience may be embedded in content coursework 
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15


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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.