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About Literacy at Keuka College

With two types of literacy degrees to choose from (birth through grade 6, and grades 5-12), and different entry points for those who are already certified as teachers, or who have successfully completed a registered teachers education program leading to initial certification, our master's degree is flexible and convenient.

The program is designed to prepare you to become a full literacy professional—able to help students along the path from learning to read, to the point where they’re reading to learn. You’ll also be able to work with other faculty to improve literacy instruction in their content areas, to manage literacy programs in school settings, and most importantly to use your newfound skills to serve a leader in literacy.

Literacy Program Highlights

Focused Instruction

Learn to become a teacher of literacy, a presenter about literacy to peers, and a researcher who can address and solve classroom literacy issues.

Gain Experience

Your practicum experience takes place in a local school, allowing you to work with students one-on-one who need help. You'll tackle literacy problems in an authentic setting, and be prepared for situations as a teacher. 

Cutting Edge

Your technology fee covers the cost of an iPad for each student. Since all courses are designed with technology in mind, you'll learn how to use an iPad as a research tool, a learning tool, and a teaching tool. 

Explore Literacy

Program Overview

Literacy is a major global issue. One out of every five people in the world cannot read or write. Societies with a high rate of literacy tend to thrive versus those that do not. The real magic of literacy, beyond the ability to read and write, is that it gives people the capacity to connect, interpret, and discern the intricacies of the world, regardless of culture. The foundation literacy provides is transferable to everything, and is the cornerstone of Keuka College's Master of Science in literacy degrees.

Choose to study either birth through grade 6, or grades 5-12, both learning to initial certification. Our curriculum is based on research, application of research-based best practices, and reflection on the efficacy of instructional practice and teacher decision-making. The entire program is devoted to literacy, with special education incorporated throughout. With no courses that are generic in nature, you'll gain greater knowledge, understanding, and skills in teaching literacy to multiple types of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Program Structure

As a literacy major, you enter the program during a summer semester and continue through the courses together as a cohort. There are full- and part-time options: The full-time program is an intense pace including two summers and a fall and spring semester, while the part-time program generally extends a little over two years.

Highlights

  • Summer Practicum - Work with children in a high-needs district. You'll take part in individual tutoring, small group sessions, and large group sessions. At the end of the practicum, you'll meet with the parents of the children you've been tutoring, creating an eye-opening experience for everyone involved.
  • Literacy Autobiography - Trace your own journey in literacy, and reflect on how you learned to read and how the skill developed over time. After presenting your findings in class, you'll improve your ability to make professional presentations, and help you realize the diversity and variety in how children learn to read.
  • Capstone Project - Choose a topic of interest to thoroughly research and dissect. With the help of your classmates, peers and professors, you'll gain valuable insight into a specific area of literacy.

Faculty

The education faculty at Keuka College are world-­class teachers and scholars who get to know you on a personal level. They strive to help you fulfill your potential, so you can enter your own classroom fully prepared to teach students at the level of your choosing.

Faculty in the Division of Education

Research

In our MS in Education program we put a great emphasis on research. To become an effective teacher means being an effective researcher, a professional who can read and then share what their research supports. To do this we have students complete a Capstone project, which is a piece of original research aimed at answering a question of practice. Our students have researched:

  • How ProloQuo can be used as a communication device for individuals identified as being Autistic
  • The use of bibliotherapy in a classroom setting
  • The use of iPads in a preschool setting for literacy learning
  • The literacy learning experiences and communication experiences of individuals with Down Syndrome
  • How we measure comprehension is an elementary setting.

Extracurriculars

There are many ways to get involved outside the classroom at Keuka College. Hone your skills in education with extracurricular clubs and honor societies such as:

  • Childhood Education Club
  • Council for Exceptional Children/Special Education Club (CEC/SPED)
  • Education Club
  • Lambda Theta Lambda, Education Honor Society

Certification

The Teacher Education Program at Keuka College is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from 2013-2020. The accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

The College does not award teacher certification, the New York State Education Department is the only entity that does that.

At the successful completion of all requirements for the major and degree, the college recommends the candidate for certification. The candidate is responsible for fulfilling all certification requirements, which include: major requirements, fingerprinting, certification exams and application for certification.

In cases where the candidate is non-matriculated, or is seeking an additional certification, the candidate is responsible for applying for that certification through a state-recognized certification office.

In all cases, state requirements for certification include:

Anticipated Testing Requirements

Certificate Applying for certification and will have completed all requirements on or before 4/30/2014 Applying for certification on or after 5/1/2014
Initial Teaching Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS–W)
Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
Content Specialty Test (CST)
edTPA
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Test (CST)

TEACH Certification Application Process

For those candidates who received the TEACH grant, more information about the TEACH certification application process is available from the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives.

New York State Teacher Certification Results

For the 2013-2014 year, the most recent year for which results are available, the following pass rates were earned. These scores based on a three-year cohort and includes retakes.

Exam Pass Rate
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) 73%
Educating All Students (EAS) 100%
Students with Disabilities Content Specialty Test (SWD CST) 97%

Application Requirements

In order to complete your application for the M.S. in Literacy program at Keuka College, there are several additional items we'll need from you.

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Professional Statement

Information about you and your goals and values for the teaching profession and graduate school. There is no minimum or maximum page requirement.

This is your opportunity to communicate your specific strengths, professional goals, and future plans. Content and writing style are important. You may wish to include your reasons for undertaking this particular program.

Official Transcript(s)

We need an official transcript in a sealed, signed envelope from each college or university you have attended. You’ll need to request of each college that the transcript be sent to the following address:

Keuka College
Education – Graduate Studies
141 Central Ave.
Keuka Park, NY 14478

If you’re currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, an official transcript with completed coursework to date is required, along with a letter from the institution. The letter must state your status with regard to baccalaureate degree and anticipated date of program completion.

Two Letters of Recommendation

The Letter of Recommendation for Education Graduate Studies form provides additional details on this process. Once you receive the letters of recommendation, you’ll need to forward them to us at the above address.

Photocopies of All Your Teacher Certifications

If you’re currently awaiting a certificate of qualification from the state education department, you’ll need to send us a letter from the certification officer of your institution that addresses your eligibility for teacher certification.

Questions?

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (315) 279-5410 or gradedu@keuka.edu.

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