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Literacy Specialist
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Literacy Specialist

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Degree > Masters of Arts

Masters of Arts

Students may enroll in the program full-time or part-time. The basic curriculum for M.A. students includes:

Core: Required of all students (23 points)
  • C&T 4138        Teaching literacy in the early years (2-3)
  • C&T 4139        Constructing critical readers (2-3)
  • C&T 4151        Teaching of writing (2-3)
  • C&T 4200        Fieldwork in curriculum and teaching (6) (3 credits fall; 3 credits spring)
  • HBSK 4072     Theory and techniques of reading assessment and intervention (3)
  • C&T 4140        Literature for younger children (2-3) or
  • C&T 4141        Literature for older children (2-3)
  • C&T 5037        Literacy, culture, and the teaching of reading (2-3)
Master’s Action Research Project: Required of all students (1 point)
  • C&T 4502    Master’s project (1)
  • Completion of Master’s Action Research Project
Out of Program Selectives: Required of all students (4-6 points)
To satisfy the college breadth requirement, students must complete two Teachers College courses in addition to HBSK 4072, which is part of the core. (A course for this purpose is defined as one in which a minimum of 2 points is earned outside the program).
  • A&HE 4052    Adolescents and literature (3)
  • A&HL 4001    Sociolinguistics and education (3)
  • A&HT 4077    TESOL classroom practices (3)
  • ITSF 4013      Literacy and development (2-3)
  • ITSF 4015      Introduction to computers, language, and literacy (2-3)
  • ITSF 4028      Teaching literacy in bilingual settings (3)
  • MSTU 4049    Technologies and literacies (2-3)
Within-Department Selectives: Required of all students (4 points)
Students must select at least two courses from the following list:
  • C&T 4858        Institute: Teaching of reading (3)
  • C&T 5800        Institute: Teaching of writing (1, 3, 6) Either: 
  • C&T 4137        Literacy and learning in the content areas (2-3) or 
  • C&T 4842        Institute: Content area literacies (2-3)


  • Catherine Maddox

    Having the opportunity to shadow TCRWP staff developers during my year in the program was such a gift. Not only did it elevate and expand my own teaching repertoire, it also gave me insight into highly effective ways of coaching and supporting other teachers to elevate the level of their literacy instruction. I am a better teacher for having had this experience and now feel fully equipped to be a successful literacy coach.

    - Catherine Maddox, First Grade Teacher, Sunset Park Avenues Elementary, Brooklyn