Literacy Education

Carolyn Muller teaching a class of children.
Children Reading
Carolyn Muller using a projector to teach a classroom of children.
Child Reading
Literacy Education alumni Carolyn Muller working one on one with a child.

About the Program

Earn a master’s degree online in as little as one year at SUNY Oneonta!

Our flexible, online M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education can be completed full or part time. Choose from two options: Birth-Grade 6 or Grades 5-12. Graduates receive a master's in education and meet the educational requirements to receive professional teaching certification in New York State. If you already have a master’s in education and you're interested in getting certified in Literacy Education, you may be able to do so by taking only a few graduate courses.

You can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer. The fall and spring entry terms are part time only to start. The summer entry term may be either part time or full time. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and close for the term when the program is full or at the discretion of the department.


SUNY Oneonta offers Graduate and Teaching Assistantships to a number of full-time graduate students who are enrolled in degree programs. Assistantships are awarded by academic departments. Assistantships may involve tuition waivers and/or stipends.

Start of Term

Spring, Summer or Fall

Delivery Method


Application Deadline

Rolling: Apply Anytime

Number of Credits 32



SUNY Oneonta has a strong track record of training teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and we were the first college in New York State to offer an online literacy education program.

Our innovative curriculum includes clinical experiences that will immerse you in inquiry pedagogy and prepare you to foster creativity, research skills, collaboration and other 21st century competencies in your future students. Many of our program graduates continue incorporating inquiry in their classrooms in creative ways and have become leaders of this type of teaching in their school districts.

Literacy Clinics

Literacy clinics are an important part of this program. In online literacy clinic courses, students tutor children in educational institutions and videotape some of the interactions. There are specific requirements pertaining to this tutoring and technologies. For more information about how online literacy clinic courses are conducted, please contact the department .


  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
  2. Submit a copy of New York State initial teaching certification in a functionally relevant area. The Emergency COVID certificate can be submitted in lieu of initial certification.*
  3. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college.
    *If initial certification was obtained prior to January 2014, proof of completion of DASA training must be submitted with application.
  4. Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major field during the last two years of undergraduate work.
  5. Have earned at least 3 credits of developmental psychology, child or adolescent development.
  6. Have earned at least 6 credits in reading or the teaching of reading.
  7. Submit an essay outlining your specific academic areas of interest and your career goals. What do you anticipate doing in the next ten-year period?

*Teaching certificates from other states are considered.


Named one of the top 15 "2023 Best Online Master’s In Reading Education Programs" in the country by (2022)



Office of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (800) SUNY-123 x2523 or (607) 436-2523
Fax: (607) 436-3074

Contact the Department
Jennifer Brislin
Phone: (607) 436-3320

Graduate Studies at SUNY Oneonta

As a SUNY Oneonta graduate student, you will develop meaningful relationships with outstanding, accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, experienced, caring teachers, and advocates for your success. You will expand your knowledge, hone your skills and become a leader in your field. When you complete your degree program, you will join a network of successful alumni whose experiences at SUNY Oneonta opened new doors, fostered personal and professional growth, and enriched their careers. We’re committed to nurturing a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully, and you’ll see that mission reflected in your coursework, in your conversations and in your experiences.

The Office of Graduate Admissions is eager to assist you, from the application process to graduation. Email us at or call us at 607-436-2523 to get started.

Carolyn Muller
Carolyn is going into her fourth year as an elementary school teacher in the Franklin Central School District, teaching Grades 5-6 math and science this year. She is enrolled in SUNY Oneonta's M.S.Ed Literacy Education online program.
Jenna Turner
A 2018 graduate of the Literacy Education (5-12) M.S.Ed. program, Jenna Turner currently works at Morris Central School as a ninth- and 10th-grade English teacher. She says helping students gain an appreciation of literature and reading, and watching students engage, lead discussions and have amicable debates around texts are some of the most rewarding parts of her job.

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