New York University

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Graduate program in Literacy Education


70 Washington Square South

New York City, NY 10012

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6), M.A. in Literacy Education (Grades 5-12)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

We offer M.A. programs in Literacy Education: Birth through Grade 6 and Grades 5 through 12, which provide certified classroom teachers the opportunity to earn the New York State Literacy Specialist Certificate.

The programs are designed to prepare classroom teachers at the early childhood and elementary levels or content-area teachers at middle school and high school levels to address the needs of all their students by integrating strategic teaching of reading and writing throughout their specialty. The program also focuses on the role of the literacy specialist in the whole-school context and assists each student in developing the competence and the confidence needed to assume such a role. Full-time students can finish in two years.

Graduates of the Birth through Grade 6 program qualify for literacy specialist positions in early childhood, preschool, private, and public schools through grade 6 either as teachers with special expertise teaching in reading and writing or as literacy specialists. Those graduating from the Grades 5 through 12 program work at the middle school or high school levels as teachers in a particular content area with special expertise in integrating the teaching of language and literacy into their curricula or as literacy specialists. Graduates are also qualified to work in after-school programs, clinical settings in hospitals and community centers, new educational companies that focus on literacy learning, and in private tutoring practice. The program also provides an excellent background for positions in the educational publishing industry that concentrates on the development of literacy materials and literacy assessment. A unique graduate study abroad course in Literacy Teaching and Learning is offered each summer in London and Oxford, England.


New York University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1367 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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