Literacy Education

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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.

  • Fall entry term (part time only): July 15
  • Spring entry term (part time only): November 1
  • Summer entry term: May 1


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 Literacy Clinic Coordinator Barbara Vokatis.


  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.*
  3. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college.
  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. Submit evidence of passing scores on all NYS certification examinations.
  6. Have earned at least 3 credits of developmental psychology, child or adolescent development.
  7. Have earned at least 6 credits in reading or the teaching of reading.
  8. 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?
  9. Submit GRE scores. The department will also accept the following exams in lieu of GRE: edTPA (or ATS-W if you were student teaching in New York State during the spring, summer and/or fall 2020 semesters), GMAT, Miller’s Analogies or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators.

*Teaching certificates from other states are considered.


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Leah Bascom
Having the program be 100% online has been amazing toward balancing school with work responsibilities, and much of what my professors assigned to me was entirely applicable to my daily work environment so it was rewarding to see the things I’d learn through this program translate into my everyday teaching!


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

Department of Elementary Education and Reading
Phone: (607) 436-3176

We're here to help. Contact Program Director Sasha Ramlal if you have questions about the program curriculum, cost or application process.

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