Online Master's in
 Literacy Education

Online Master's in <br> Literacy Education

Online Master of Science in Literacy Education Program 

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The online master's program in literacy education is designed to prepare literacy specialists focused on one of two areas: pre-K through sixth grade or fifth grade through 12th grade.

The online literacy graduate program meets New York State requirements for certification as a literacy specialist.  Each concentration in the literacy education master's degree has a component that involves working with children in a clinical setting, research projects that lead to improvements in literacy instruction, and testing and tutoring in the area of literacy skills (reading and writing).

Two weeks of residency is required during the summer to complete the two courses with practicum requirements. The practicums are completed in our Literacy Center on-campus in Buffalo, New York.  The remainder of the coursework for the master's program in literacy education can be completed online. 

The master's degree in literacy education is also offered in the traditional on-campus format. For more information about our on-campus graduate literacy program, visit the program web site.

For more information about our online program in literacy education, contact us by email at GradAdmissions@canisius.edu, call toll free 800-950-2505 or locally 716-888-2545.

Online MS in Literacy Curriculum

 
 

Literacy Certification, Birth - Grade 6:

For candidates holding Initial Childhood Education Certification
(recommended progression for Fall start)

EDR 501       Reading & Writing in the Content Area - 3
EDR 508       Emergent Literacy - 3
EDR 502       Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3
EDR 509       Teaching Literacy with Diverse Populations - 3
EDR 610       Diagnosis - 3
EDR 612       Practicum I (held on campus for one week) - 3
EDR 603       Advanced Practicum (held on campus for one week) - 3
EDR 510       Creating a Literate Environment - 3
EDR 515       Measurement and Statistics - 3
EDR 616       Research Techniques in Reading - 3
EDR 600       Literacy Curriculum and the Role of the Reading Specialist - 3

Total 33 credit hours


Literacy Certification, Grades 5 - 12

For candidates holding Initial Adolescence Education Certification
(recommended progression for Fall start)

EDR 503       Reading in the Secondary School - 3
EDR 504       Adolescent Literacy - 3
EDR 502       Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3
EDR 509       Teaching Literacy with Diverse Populations - 3
EDR 611       Diagnosis - 3
EDR 613       Practicum I (held on campus for one week) - 3
EDR 604       Advanced Practicum (held on campus for one week) - 3
EDR 510       Creating a Literate Environment - 3
EDR 515       Measurement and Statistics - 3
EDR 616       Research Techniques in Reading - 3
EDR 600       Literacy Curriculum and the Role of the Reading Specialist - 3

Total 33 credit hours

Graduate Portfolio Requirement

Meetings are regularly scheduled to review portfolio requirements. Course instructors will also designate that certain assignments be included in the portfolio.

Course Descriptions

EDR 501 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas     3 credits
Strategies for teaching and developing young children’s skills in effectively applying literacy skills as tools for learning in content areas will be examined. Candidates will develop materials and procedures that enhance comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and study skills of diverse populations of learners. Various measures for assessing children’s performance in subject areas will be studied. Children’s literature that supplements textbooks across the content areas will be examined.

EDR 502 Foundations of Literacy Instruction     3 credits
Research-based foundational principles for effective instruction in each of the language areas will be explored. Candidates will study the historical trajectory of literacy research and instruction, learn strategies for literacy instruction with diverse populations of learners, create lesson plans that apply instructional techniques, select materials based on children’s literacy level and interests, and examine various assessment measures. Multiple genres of children’s literature along with applications in literacy instruction will be explored.

EDR 503 Reading in the Secondary School     3 credits
The effective application of literacy skills as tools for teaching secondary level content areas to diverse populations will be examined. Candidates will develop materials and procedures that enhance comprehension. Integration of content and skills across subjects will be emphasized as well as methods to meet specific needs of students, including the use of multiple measures of assessment, diverse genres of literature, and various interventions in literacy instruction.

EDR 504 Adolescent Literacy: A Critical Pedagogy for a Diverse Urban Population     3 credits
Candidates will address the literacy needs of an increasingly diverse middle childhood and adolescent school population. Candidates will explore the factors influencing literacy education in the secondary school and become familiar with effective diagnostic teaching strategies appropriate for this diverse population. Field experience will be provided.

EDR 508 Emergent Literacy     3 credits
Research on the emergence of young children’s literacy knowledge and structures that enhance this development will be studied. Implementation of the emergent literacy paradigm through lessons and programs for a diverse population of young children will be a focus. Multiple measures of assessment, effective early intervention models, and multiple genres of literature with applications in literacy instruction will be explored.

EDR 509 Teaching Literacy with Diverse Population     3 credits
Strategies for effective literacy instruction with diverse populations will be examined. These include research-based approaches for special education students, ESL/LEP students and gifted and talented students. Candidates will examine how to match instruction to students’ needs and how to incorporate differentiated instruction in a classroom. Multicultural literature and literature that deals with specific disabilities will be examined. Candidates create a comprehensive curricular unit that is ready to be implemented in a classroom of diversity.

EDR 510 Creating a Literate Environment: Teaching the Language Processes     3 credits
Instructional techniques for concurrently developing skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as specific models for instruction that meet diverse needs and interests at all levels will be examined. Organizational components of an effective reading and writing classroom will be explored along with methods for providing a print-rich environment that spans a broad spectrum of reading levels, genres and interests.

EDR 600 Literacy Curriculum and the Role of the Reading Specialist     3 credits
Procedures for planning, evaluating and implementing curriculum at the school district level that address state and local mandates will be explored. Multiple resources that can be used in the implementation of curriculum will be examined. The role that the literacy specialist plays in coordinating this process, guiding the selection of instructional materials, and determining appropriate in-service will be examined.

EDR 603 Advanced Practicum: Birth-Grade 6     3 credits
Candidates observe and fully participate as an intern in reading clinics, schools, or public and voluntary agencies serving children who are experiencing literacy problems. Candidates will refine proficiencies in instruction and assessment, organization, and enhancement of a literacy curriculum as they work with a professional team at the site. Candidates will serve as a resource for literacy instruction; they will also prepare staff development for professionals at the site based on a survey of teachers’ interests/needs. Prerequisite: EDR 601.

EDR 604 Advanced Practicum: Grades 5-12     3 credits
Candidates observe and fully participate as an intern in reading clinics, schools, or public and voluntary agencies serving children who are experiencing literacy problems. Candidates will refine proficiencies in instruction and assessment, organization, and enhancement of a literacy curriculum as they work with a professional team at the site  Candidates will serve as a resource for literacy instruction; they will also prepare staff development for professionals at the site based on a survey of teachers’ interests/needs. Prerequisite: EDR 602.


EDR 610 Diagnosis for Birth-6
Candidates will explore theories and conduct in-depth literacy assessments, using both formal and informal age-appropriate measures. Candidates will examine administrative procedures and the interpretation of results for multiple assessment instruments, including diagnostic and achievement tests, reading inventories, observations, and anecdotal records. A case report will be completed.

EDR 611 Diagnosis for Grades 5-12
Candidates will explore theories and conduct in-depth literacy assessments, using both formal and informal age-appropriate measures. Candidates will examine administrative procedures and the interpretation of results for multiple assessment instruments, including diagnostic and achievement tests, reading inventories, observations, and anecdotal records. A case report will be completed.

EDR 612 Practicum I for Birth-Grade 6
The diagnostic teaching model, traditional remediation and intervention theories will be explored as candidates work with struggling readers during scheduled tutorial sessions. In another venue, they will work with students to provide enrichment in literacy skills.

EDR 613 Practicum for Grades 5-12
The diagnostic teaching model, traditional remediation and intervention theories will be explored as candidates work with struggling readers during scheduled tutorial sessions. In another venue, they will work with students to provide enrichment in literacy skills.


EDR 616 Research Methods in Reading     3 credits
The course will include an examination of research on teaching in general and teaching literacy in particular. It will explore perspectives and questions on contrasting paradigms, implications of this research for curriculum, instruction, policy and practice, and teacher education and professional development. Each candidate will plan a research project consistent with his/her interests and with the course goals. Prerequisite: EDR 515.

EDR 515 Introduction to Statistics, Measurement & Assessment     3 credits
Descriptive and inferential statistical methods, quantitative and qualitative methods, research models, procedures for designing research studies and ethical principles will be studied. Candidates will also analyze literacy research studies that incorporate the various statistical procedures studied.