Students in the Literacy Specialist M.A. have many opportunities to delve deeply into their own literacy, participate in adult book clubs, in performance-based drama groups, in writing workshops, including one taught by an award-winning author of children’s literature. Students also have the opportunity to intern in schools that are regarded as demonstration sites for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and in any of the dozen institutes that the Project offers. Critical literacy is a big focus for the program and graduate students conduct their own critical literacy investigations.
* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.
We are always pleased when our applicants demonstrate a commitment to teaching. Some will have spent summers as camp counselors, others bring a decade of experience as lead teacher—for us, it is important that our students are grounded in a commitment to working with learners.
We are also pleased when applicants show an inquiry stance, a readiness to question and to wonder and to learn. We hope students are ready to learn from children and from colleagues as well as from university faculty. Most of all, we are excited to read applicants to our program because we know that people bring diverse experiences, and that we’ll have the opportunity to learn from them as well as they, learning from us. It’s a great thing to a cohort group take shape and to recognize the breadth of experiences and knowledge bases that people bring with them into the program.
New York State requires that applicants to the M.A. program take the GRE. While you must take the GRE, applicants should be reassured that this is not a priority item for admission to the program.
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)
Master’s Action Research Project: Required of all students (1 point)
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).
Within-Department Selectives: Required of all students (4 points) Students must select at least two courses from the following list:
New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher section of the catalog.