Information for Current Literacy Education Students

Frequently Asked Questions

If you were accepted with conditions, the department will allow you to take courses in your first semester. Then, a hold will be placed on your account preventing you from being registered for any future courses. After you submit your outstanding application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office, the hold will be lifted and you can continue to follow your plan of study. Materials can be submitted through the applicant status page.

The program leads to initial literacy certification. Besides completing the coursework for the program, students must also pass the NYS CST in Literacy

The program may also lead to a professional certificate. Contact your local BOCES/State Education/DOE certification officer with your transcripts and questions. The department cannot advise on certification requirements. 

It has been our experience that if you have a Master's in Education all you need for literacy certification is to take a few additional courses and pass the NYS Literacy CST

Contact your local BOCES/State Education/DOE certification officer with your transcripts and questions. The department cannot advise on certification requirements.

Typically, students take EDUC 545/546 Content Literacy, and our two practicum courses (EDUC 636 and 641/645), in the order listed. Additional questions about the practicums can be emailed to Dr. Barbara Vokatis, the Clinic Coordinator.  

Registration depends on availability. Sometimes, these courses will fill up. After talking with a certification officer for confirmation, go online to SUNY Oneonta’s Continuing Education Office and complete the online non-matriculated student application. Department permission will also be required. 

After submitting the required paperwork and obtaining permission from the department, students will be added to a waitlist. If there is space after all degree seeking students have registered, students will be enrolled with permission for the approved course(s).

Course offerings and certification tips can be found online. 

Non-matriculated students are not permitted to matriculate into our Literacy B-6 or 5-12 programs.

Additional questions about taking non-matriculated courses can be emailed to Dr. Sasha R. Ramlal.

SUNY Oneonta created the first online literacy program in the state. We continue to implement innovative practices to bring quality education to you in an online, asynchronous format. 

Collaboration

The literacy program uses Blackboard for the day-to-day coursework. This allows students to asynchronously complete required coursework in a way that promotes quality peer and instructor interaction. In addition to the asynchronous work, students have the option of collaborating with instructors in the following ways:

  • Email
  • Telephone conferences
  • Chatrooms
  • Video conference calls

Technology Requirements 

  • PC-based Computer or Intel-Based Apple Computer (required)
  • Screen/Video Capture Software/Tool (required)
  • Scanner (recommended)
  • Printer (recommended)

    Sample Plans of Study

    Full-Time Student: Start in Summer
    COURSE/Semester Summer Fall Spring
    Course 1 EDUC 584/623 EDUC 634 EDUC 641/645
    Course 2 EDUC 545/546 EDUC 363 EDUC 695
    Course 3 EDUC 535/ENED 536 EDUC 655 Elective Option
    Course 4 EDUC 631    
    Part-Time Student: Start in Summer, Option 1
    COURSE/Semester  Summer 1 Fall 1 Spring 1 Summer 2 Fall 2 Spring 2
    Course 1 EDUC 584/623 EDUC 634 Elective Option EDUC 535/ENED 536 EDUC 636 EDUC 641/645
    Course 2 EDUC 545/546     EDUC 631 EDUC 655 EDUC 695
    Part-Time Student: Start in Summer, Option 2
    COURSE/Semester  Summer 1 Fall 1 Spring 1 Summer 2 Fall 2 Spring 2 Summer 3 Fall 3 Spring 3
    Course 1 EDUC 584/623 EDUC 634 Elective Option EDUC 535/ENED 536 EDUC 636 EDUC 641/645 None EDUC 655 EDUC 695
    Course 2 EDUC 545/546     EDUC 631          

    Important notes:

    • Students that start in the summer have the option of enrolling full-time and completing the program in three semesters
    • There are two part-time options for students that start the program in the summer. 
    • Taking only one class per semester may have an impact on your financial aid.
    Part-Time Student: Start in Fall, Option 1
    COURSE/Semester  Fall 1 Spring 1 Summer 1 Fall 2 Spring 2
    Course 1 EDUC 584/623 Elective Option EDUC 535/ENED 536 EDUC 634 EDUC 641/645
    Course 2     EDUC 545/546 EDUC 636 EDUC 695
    Course 3     EDUC 631 EDUC 655  
    Part-Time Student: Start in Fall, Option 2
    COURSE/Semester  Fall 1 Spring 1 Summer 1 Fall 2 Spring 2 Summer 2 Fall 3 Spring 3
    Course 1 EDUC 584/623 Elective Option EDUC 545/546 EDUC 634 EDUC 641/645 EDUC 535/ENED 536 EDUC 655 EDUC 695
    Course 2     EDUC 631 EDUC 636        

    Important notes:

    • There is no full-time option for students that start the program in the fall.
    • There are two part-time options for students that start the program in the fall. 
    • Taking only one class per semester may have an impact on your financial aid.
    Part-Time Student: Start in Spring, Option 1
    COURSE/Semester  Spring 1 Summer 1 Fall 1 Spring2
    Course 1 EDUC 584/623 EDUC 535/ENED 536 EDUC 634 EDUC 641/645
    Course 2   EDUC 545/546 EDUC 636 EDUC 695
    Course 3   EDUC 631 EDUC 655 Elective Option
    Part-Time Student: Start in Spring, Option 2
    COURSE/Semester  Spring 1 Summer 1 Fall 1 Spring 2 Summer 2 Fall 2 spring 3
    Course 1 EDUC 584/623 EDUC 545/546 EDUC 634 EDUC 641/645 EDUC 535/ENED 536 EDUC 655 EDUC 695
    Course 2   EDUC 631 EDUC 636 Elective Option      

    Important notes:

    • There is no full-time option for students that start the program in the spring.
    • There are two part-time options for students that start the program in the spring.
    • Taking only one class per semester may have an impact on your financial aid.

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