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2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Literacy Education Program-Literacy Specialist (birth-grade 6)

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Department of Language, Literacy, and Technology
Literacy Education Programs

  • Literacy Specialist (birth-grade 6) 
  • Literacy Specialist (grades 5-12) 

Nazareth’s graduate Literacy Education Programs (Birth-Grade 6 and Grades 5-12) prepare teachers to meet the literacy needs of all students by completing the requirements for a Master’s degree as well as additional certification as a literacy specialist. Candidates gain knowledge and develop instructional strategies so they can successfully influence students’ learning by what they know and what they can do.

Based on the standards of the International Reading Association and the New York State Education Department, the programs’ courses, fieldwork, and practica prepare graduate students to determine the literacy strengths and needs of struggling learners efficiently and effectively. The faculty provides guidance and support as its students learn to overcome the challenge of meeting these needs by integrating and applying their knowledge of theories, current research, and exemplary teaching practices. The candidates grow to be reflective practitioners who can provide differentiated learning opportunities for students in urban, suburban, and rural schools, whether they teach in a classroom or support programs. Reflecting upon the expertise they developed in the Literacy Specialist program, graduates expect all students whom they teach can and will learn as well as engage in the English Language Arts for academic, vocational, and avocational pursuits throughout their lives.

Courses should be taken in blocks of six credit hours (part-time) or nine credit hours (full-time). Students must complete each block before they take courses from the next block. Courses will be scheduled to allow students to move though the program at either a part-time rate (6 credit hours per semester) or full-time rate (9 credit hours per semester). Variance from these course loads and the designated blocks of coursework may slow a student’s progress inasmuch as not all courses will be offered each semester. Advisement is required for any deviation from these blocks. Please refer to the course description section for specific prerequisite and co-requisite requirements for courses. 

With the permission of the program director, students may opt to work for a second literacy specialists certification.


Program Director
Naomi Erdmann, Ed.D.


Entry Requirements  


  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a B average in the major field. An applicant who does not meet these expectations must address them in his/her personal statement. Please see the Personal Statement section of the admissions application form for further information.
  2. Official transcripts.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant as a student and/or a teacher.
  4. Copy of teacher certification.
  5. Application and fee.
  6. Completion of the personal-professional statement as described on the application form.

Certification required for admission:

  • Literacy Specialist (birth-grade 6) requires Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education certification.
  • Literacy Specialist (grades 5-12) requires Childhood Education or Adolescence certification.
  • A candidate holding a K-12 (or birth-12) certification may choose either age level Literacy Specialist program. Please note, however, that additional coursework may be required. This will be determined through individual advisement.

Program leads to: Additional certification as a Literacy Specialist (birth-grade 6) or  Literacy Specialist (grades 5-12)
Professional certification in the area(s) of certification held at the time of entrance to the graduate program

Application Deadlines
April 1 for Fall Term
October 1 for Spring Term
Applications received after the stated deadline will be processed on a space-available basis.

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