M.A. in Literacy and Cognition Program

Building on the strength of St. Joseph’s College’s long-renowned teacher education program, the M.A. in Literacy and Cognition produces innovative literacy teachers, literacy specialists and literacy coaches. With additional course work in administration, graduates can become English Language Arts supervisors.

The M.A. in Literacy and Cognition program, which was formed in response to the No Child Left Behind Act, is open to students already holding initial and provisional early childhood and/or childhood certifications. It also provides the basic core courses that link literacy instruction to the New York State Learning Standards in the levels of birth through sixth grade and includes a master’s thesis and a 50-hour practicum.

To meet the literacy and cognition challenges teachers face, our program examines the issues from cultural, political, instructional and social perspectives. We also explore the ways that teachers, reading specialists, administrators and teacher educators can provide efficient literacy instruction, based on the cognitive constructivist theory. Students also conduct meaningful research while advancing the principles set forth by the International Reading Association.

In addition to the 36-credit Birth – Grade 6 program, the Long Island Campus offers two additional certifications in literacy; Birth – Grade 12 and Grades 5 – 12.  Students completing the Birth through Grade 6 program can extend their certification through Grade 12 by completing three additional courses for a total of 45 credits.  Those students with secondary certification who plan to work as literacy specialists or coaches in the middle school or high school can choose the 36-credit M.A. in Literacy and Cognition program for Grades 5 - 12.

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