College Coursework Teaching Literacy Skills

Here are answers to several common questions the UFT Course Program receives:

  • Graduate courses may be taken only for graduate credit. In-service courses may be applied only toward salary differentials. In-service courses are solely accessible through the Department of Education’s After School Professional Development Program website. The NYC Department of Education will not grant credit for any in-service courses taken outside the city of New York.
  • If you are in a master’s or doctoral program, you should check with your college to verify that it will accept particular courses in this educational supplement for credit toward your degree.
  • Only the NYS Education Department can tell you which of these courses will meet your individual certification requirements. Although the state has approved all of these courses, that does not mean that every course will satisfy your particular requirements, so we urge you to call the State Education Department at 518-474-3901 or send an email.
  • The NYS Education Department often updates certification requirements. Most classroom teaching certificates require three semester hours in methods of teaching reading. Many require additional semester hours in teaching literacy skills. Each in­dividual evaluation form will give the amount of literacy coursework required beyond the three semester hours needed in methods of teaching reading. You may select reading courses listed in this catalog.
  • Although all of these graduate-level courses carry college credit, courses offered by the UFT Course Program do not, in and of themselves, lead to a graduate degree, with these exceptions:
  • THE COLLEGE OF MOUNT ST. VINCENT
    • MS in Urban and Multicultural Education
    • MS in TESOL
  • MERCY COLLEGE
    • MS in Education
    • Master of Science in Teaching Literacy
    • MS in Teaching TESOL
  • NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    • MS in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6
    • MS in Instructional Technology
    • MS in Adolescence Education: Specialist in Mathematics
    • MS in Adolescence Education: Specialist in Science
    • MS in Childhood Education: Professional Certification
    • MS in School Counseling
  • TOURO COLLEGE
    • MS in Education and Special Education (dual certification)

It is important to note that students must apply officially to the college, meet all requirements and be accepted for matriculation into the college's master's degree program.

Teaching Literacy (B-6), 33-Credit Program

This Master’s degree can only be taken by students with initial NYS certification.

Download the program planning sheet.

General Core Courses (6 Credits)

  • EDU 9711: Education and Accommodating Needs of Individuals with Exceptionalities, K-12*
    EDU 7266: Technology for Teaching Literacy Applications in Regular and Special Education Settings
    OR
    EDU 7666: Advanced Technology in Education (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor)

Literacy Methodology Core: (18 Credits)

  • EDU 3200: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for General Education and (ELLs) English Language Learners  K-12*
  • EDU 3210: Research & Practice of Teaching Writing in General Inclusion Education B-12    ($25.00 Fee)
  • EDU 3220: Approaches, Materials, and Performance Evaluation in Literacy Development K-12*
  • EDU 3264:            Teaching Literacy through Literature B-6
  • EDU 3270: Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas*
  • EDU 3283: Research and Strategies in Literacy Leadership

Literacy Specialist Core (9 Credits)

  • EDU 3230: Diagnosis and Case Study Analysis of Literacy Performance*
    EDU 3240: Case Study and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners*
  • EDU 3250: Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction 5-12*
    50 hours of remediation NOT including testing
    Comprehensive Exam should be taken this Semester

Teaching Literacy (5-12), 33-Credit Program

This Master’s degree can only be taken by students with initial NYS certification.

Download the program planning sheet.

General Core Courses (6 Credits)

  • EDU 9711: Education and Accommodating Needs of Individuals with Exceptionalities, K-12*
  • EDU 7267: Technology for Literacy-Based Applications in Content Area Learning in Regular and Special         Education  Settings (for students with a more advanced background in technology)
    OR
    EDU 7666: Advanced Technology in Education (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor)

Literacy Methodology Core: (18 CREDITS)

  • EDU 3200: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for General Education and (ELLs) English Language Learners  K-12*
  • EDU 3215: Research & Practice of Teaching Writing in General Inclusion Education B-12    ($25.00 Fee)
  • EDU 3220: Approaches, Materials, and Performance Evaluation in Literacy Development K-12*
  • EDU 3265: Teaching Literacy through Literature (5-12) in General and Inclusive Settings
  • EDU 3270: Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas*
  • EDU 3283: Research and Strategies in Literacy Leadership

Literacy Specialist Core (9 Credits)         

  • EDU 3230: Diagnosis and Case Study Analysis of Literacy Performance
  • EDU 3240: Case Study and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners*
  • EDU 3255: Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction 5-12*
    (50 hrs of remediation NOT including testing)      
    Comprehensive Exam should be taken this Semester

Teaching Literacy (B-12), 42-Credit Program

This Master’s degree can only be taken by students with initial NYS certification.

Download the program planning sheet.

General Core Courses (6 Credits)

  • EDU 9711: Education and Accommodating Needs of Individuals with Exceptionalities, K-12*
  • EDU 7266: Technology for Teaching Literacy Applications in Regular and Special Education Settings
    OR
    EDU 7267: Technology for Literacy-Based Applications in Content Area Learning in Regular and Special         Education  Settings (for students with a more advanced background in technology)
    OR
    EDU 7666: Advanced Technology in Education (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor)

Literacy Methodology Core: (24 Credits)

  • EDU 3200: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for General Education and ELLs K-12*
  • EDU 3217: Research & Practice of Teaching Writing in General Inclusion Education B-12    ($25.00 Fee)
  • EDU 3220: Approaches, Materials, and Performance Evaluation in Literacy Development K-12*
  • EDU 3241: Multi-Sensory Approach to Language Learning and Phonics Instruction – Part I*
  • EDU 3242: Multi-Sensory Approach to Language Learning and Phonics Instruction – Part II*
  • EDU 3270: Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas*
  • EDU 3268: Teaching Literacy through Literature B-12
  • EDU 3283: Research and Strategies in Literacy Leadership

Literacy Specialist Core (12 Credits)

  • EDU 3230: Diagnosis and Case Study Analysis of Literacy Performance*
  • EDU 3240: Case Study and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners*
  • EDU 3250:  Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction B-6 *
    50 hrs of remediation NOT including testing
    Comprehensive Exam should be taken this Semester
  • EDU 3255: Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction 5-12*
    50 hrs of remediation NOT including testing

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