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Literacy: Birth-Grade 6 - ADV CERT

Program Overview:

There are also two 24 credit Certification-Only programs in Literacy (lead to Certificates of Advanced Study) for students who already possess a master’s degree or are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program and possess the requisite certification indicated above. Both certification programs are registered with and meet all of the current stipulations published by the New York State Education Department. They have been accredited through the International Literacy Association and meet the Standards for Reading Professionals.

2010 Standards for Reading Professionals

Content: Standard 1 Foundational Knowledge - Candidates understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction

Pedagogy: Standard 2 Curriculum and Instruction - Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.

Pedagogy: Standard 3 Assessment and Evaluation - Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.

Environment: Standard 4 Diversity - Candidates create and engaged their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect and a valuing of differences in our society.

Environment: Standard 5 Literate Environment - Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.

Professionalism: Standard 6 Professional Learning and Leadership - Candidates recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Michelle McAnuff-Gumbs

Graduate Literacy  Program Co-Chair


Dr. Ekaterina Midgette

Graduate Literacy  Program Co-Chair


Program Webpage:


Program Requirements:

The 24 semester hours of graduate credit include:

LRC 520Adv Devel Literacy (Birth-G 6)


LRC 525Theories/Tchg Writing


LRC 530Theories of Literacy


LRC 546Diagnosis & Remed Lit Prob


LRC 550Clinical Lit Tchg Pract:B-6


LRC 552Classrm Pract Literacy B-Gr6


LRC 567Intro to Literacy Coaching


LRC 570Literacy for Eng Lang Learners


LRC 546, LRC 550, LRC 552, LRC 570: These courses require New York State fingerprint clearance in advance.

LRC 550, LRC 552: To register for these courses, a B or better must be earned in the prerequisite course(s).

LRC 520: taken with or before LRC 552.

LRC 546 taken before LRC 550.

LRC 550 must be taken in the last semester of study. All other courses must be completed by the time the student takes LRC 550. All courses counted toward the non-degree Certification-Only program must be completed within six years. Students may request that up to six previously earned graduate credits earned at an accredited institution or up to nine graduate credits previously earned at The College of Saint Rose be applied to the non-degree Certification-Only program.

*3 credit hours of studies in special education must be completed before or during program

Required Workshops (0 Credits)

EPY 637Substance Abuse Workshop


EDU 603Child Abuse Prevention


EDU 606Univ Prec & Conf AIDS/HIV


EDU 602Violence Prevention


EDU 611Dignity For All Students


All workshops should be completed within first twelve credit hours.

Internship/Field Experience/Service:

Required Courses:

LRC 550Clinical Lit Tchg Pract:B-6


LRC 552Classrm Pract Literacy B-Gr6


Culminating Academic Experiences:

Required Course:

LRC 550Clinical Lit Tchg Pract:B-6


This course requires New York State fingerprint clearance in advance. 

LRC 567 Taken with or before LRC 552.

Professional Accreditation:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs are fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The specialized accrediting agencies noted below are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation: Programs offered by The College of Saint Rose for the preparation of all school professionals, leading to initial and advanced certifications, are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

General Admission Information

Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed application, a resume, and Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study.
  2. Evidence of the possession of a U.S.  baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary education.
  3. Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation. The Communication Sciences & Disorders and School Psychology programs requirethree letters of recommendation.
  4. A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major.
  5. Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops.

Applicants to The College of Saint Rose are responsible for completing their applications by submitting all required components. Prospective students can access the online application and application instructions at

See Graduate Admissions section for more information.

Financial Aid

The College of Saint Rose has long been committed to the premise that a quality education should be within the reach of qualified students. To this end, the College serves its student body through a comprehensive program of federal, state, and institutional financial aid. While the basic responsibility for financing education lies with the students and their families, scholarships, loans, and/or assistantships can supplement insufficient family resources. The amount of aid available through the College is limited and is awarded on the basis of academic merit. All financial assistance from the College is subject to adjustment if the recipients are later granted aid from other sources. Financial aid awards are contingent upon students’ maintaining good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress.

See Financial Aid section for more information.

Additional Requirements for Admission into the Program:

Admission to graduate study in Literacy is limited to those either seeking admission to one of the two degree programs or seeking admission to one of the two Certification-Only programs. In addition to the general requirements for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate study, students applying for degree or non-degree Certification-Only programs must provide verification of certification in elementary education (early childhood education or childhood education) or secondary education (middle childhood education or adolescence education) and complete 3 credit hours of coursework in Special Education. They also may be required to have a personal interview.

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