Canisius College

School of Education and Human Services

Online MS in Literacy Education


Buffalo, NY 14208

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

New York State Literacy Certification, Master of Science in Literacy Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Online MS in Literacy meets New York State requirements as a literacy specialist and is recognized by the International Literacy Association for meeting the highest level of its standards. The Master in Literacy program combines academic courses – in a online format- to meet your needs as a working education professional. If you hold a NYS initial teaching certification, the program enables you to earn NYS Professional Certification/Literacy certification in either birth through grade 6 or grades 5 through 12.

A two week practicum in Buffalo, NY is required. Housing is available at a discounted rate.

Literacy is more than the capacity to read and write – it is the ability to apply reading and writing skills to effectively connect, interpret and communicate information and ideas in today’s world. Consider a Master in Literacy if you would like to advance your teaching career in a specialty that may be the most important factor in a child’s educational development.

You will be prepared to become an expert in literacy instruction—in your classroom, as an intervention teacher, or as a literacy coach for the school or district. You will have opportunities to work with tutoring programs offered at the Literacy Center. You also work with a literacy specialist at a school as you complete practicum work. Each concentration involves working with children in a clinical setting and applying research-tested approaches for literacy instruction.


The School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

International Student Requirements:

Additional Requirements for International Students Canadian and other international applicants must provide a completed Certification of Finances Form. International students who have completed university coursework outside the U.S. and Canada are required to have their transcripts and degrees evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score, or a CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) score. TOEFL: 79 IBT or 550 PBT IELTS: 6.5 overall CAEL: 70 overall Students from Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are waived from the language proficiency requirement. Student who completed a 4 year degree (on campus) at a U.S. college/university are waived from the language proficiency requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 33

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $819 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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