Literacy Education

Literacy is more than the capacity to read and write – it is the ability to apply reading and writing skills to effectively connect, interpret and communicate information and ideas in today’s world. Consider a Master of Science in Education-Literacy degree if you would like to advance your teaching career in a specialty that may be the most important factor in a child’s educational development. 

$915/credit hour
2 years
Literacy Specialist All Grades
Currently Accepting Applications For
Spring, Summer and Fall

The Master of Science in Education - Literacy program combines academic courses in an online format with two 25-hour practicums that can be completed at a school near you to meet your needs as a working education professional.

You will be prepared to become an expert in literacy instruction—in your classroom, as an intervention teacher, or as a literacy coach for the school or district.

This program meets New York State requirements for Literacy (All Grades) certification for those who already hold an initial teaching certification.

Highlighted Courses

  • EDR 507 Reading to Grow: K-12 Literature & Social Justice
  • EDR 508 Emergent Literacy
  • EDR 509 Teaching Reading in Classrooms of Diversity
  • EDR 600 Role of the Literacy Specialist
  • EDR 601 PreK-4: Diagnosis and Diagnostic Teaching Clinical Practicum
  • EDR 604 Advanced Practicum: Grades 5-12


Students will complete two, 25-hour practicum/field experiences in grades preK-4 and 5-12. Students do not need to come to campus to complete their practicum field experiences.

Those who already hold a master’s degree in education should consider Canisius’s Literacy B-6 Advanced Certificate program that prepares students for NY State literacy certification in just 6 courses.

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95% or better
pass rate on literacy certification exam for program graduates.
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