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.
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.
- 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.