What will I learn?

The Queens College Master’s Degree program in Literacy is designed to offer an integrated, theoretically grounded view of literacy and literacy learning that addresses the needs of students and teachers in diverse communities. The Literacy faculty focus on preparing graduate candidates for their careers in roles as classroom teachers, interventional literacy teachers, clinicians, supervisors, and directors or coordinators of literacy in school districts who can develop, implement, and evaluate literacy programs at schools and in agencies, and who can work with individual students and their families. We promote rigorous scholarship and research, contextualized learning and service in school and community settings, and opportunities for critical reflection on the role of literacy in society and about our responsibilities as educators. Technology is infused throughout our program with students engaged in creating and using podcasts, webquests and electronic portfolios.

The QC Secondary Literacy program's knowledge base and practices are consistent with International Literacy Association (LRA) Standards and New York State regulations. Completion of the course work and a passing score on the Literacy Content Specialty Test (CST)will lead to New York State certification as Literacy Specialist (formerly titled "Reading Teacher"). It is expected that all candidates completing the program of study will be recommended for, and attain, New York State certification as Literacy Specialists.

Which department am I in?

Division of Education

Study options

Full Time (The time limit for completion of all requirements is four years)

Tuition fees
USD $855 per credit hour
Start date

28 January 2022


Division of Education


New York,

11367, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All students applying for admission as master's matriculants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent, with an undergraduate record indicating good preparation for the proposed area of graduate study. Good preparation is generally interpreted to mean a minimum academic average of B in undergraduate work considered by the department and the Office of Graduate Studies to be relevant to the proposed area of study.

For international students

A bachelor’s degree with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0

TOEFL (IBT) - 100


PTE - 68

Fall Priority Deadline - August 1

Spring Priority Deadline - January 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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