May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Literacy Specialist EdM

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The Literacy Specialist EdM program, is for experienced classroom teachers who recognize a need to expand their knowledge of the methods, materials, and theories of reading, reading instruction, reading assessment and diagnosis, and re-mediation of reading difficulties. A major focus of the program is developmental reading, including study of developmental readers, reading processes, and reading instruction at the pre-school and emergent level, elementary grades, and secondary grades. Another significant focus of the program is the study of reading difficulties including classroom and clinical assessment, evaluation, and diagnosis of reading.

Culminating Experience: Portfolio (0 credits)

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of completion of Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop
  • Proof of completion of NYSED Students with Disabilities Requirement
  • Proof of valid NYS Initial Teacher Certificate

Total Credit Hours: 36

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)
  • Online (100 percent of the degree requirements can be fulfilled online)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


  • 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $50

Program Contact

Renad Aref
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-2110

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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