Special Education & Literacy

M.S. in Literacy (Birth to Grade 6)

The 30-credit Master of Science program leads to New York State certification as a Literacy Teacher for children from Birth to Grade 6, and prepares you to work in schools and clinical settings as a literacy specialist. The curriculum prepares you to teach reading and written communications, develop reading curricula, evaluate student progress, and identify students in need of corrective and remedial instruction. In addition, you will develop skills for communicating with parents and encouraging them to become intimately involved in their child's reading experience.You will gain clinical experience at our on-campus Literacy and Learning Development Center.The M.S.Ed. in Literacy program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, signifying that the program of study meets the highest standards of quality in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in public and private schools.
Candidates must possess initial teaching certification in childhood education. 

For more information please review the LIU Graduate Bulletin or contact us at 516-299-2245.


Applicants to the Master of Science program must meet the following requirements for admission.
• Application (https://apply.liu.edu/quickapp/). 
• Application fee (non-refundable). 
• Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended. 
• GRE is required.
• Applicants must have achieved at least a 3.0 overall grade point average or equivalent from an accredited bachelor’s program. 
• Applicants must hold provisional or initial teaching certificate. 
• International students please visit www.liu.edu/CWPost/Admissions/International/FAQs for information.
• If you do not meet these requirements, you are welcome to discuss options for admissions with the graduate advisor. 

Send application materials to: 
LIU Post 
Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Suite 102
Canton, MA 02021

Program Goals

  • To foster in our students a set of closely interrelated dispositions, pedagogical knowledge, and teaching skills.
  • To prepare students to be caring and responsive observers and listeners who theorize about their teaching and learning and know how to research their own practice.
  • To prepare teachers who know how to document and analyze students' learning.
  • To create lifelong learners whose education continues beyond the program, who find learning about teaching and learning intellectually engaging, and who are active participants in professional networks.
  • To prepare students to effectively communicate with others about literacy teaching and learning, and to build collaborative solutions to instructional problems.


College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean