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.
Spring, Summer or Fall
Rolling: Apply Anytime
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 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 .
- Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
- 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.*
- 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.
- Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major field during the last two years of undergraduate work.
- Submit evidence of passing scores on all NYS certification examinations.
- Have earned at least 3 credits of developmental psychology, child or adolescent development.
- Have earned at least 6 credits in reading or the teaching of reading.
- 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 theedadvocate.org (2022)
Ranked #18 for the "Best Online Master's in Reading and Literacy Programs in 2022"
Contact the Department
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.