Master's Degree in Literacy | Become a Literacy Education Leader and Prepare for NYS Teaching Certification in Buffalo, NY

Master's Degree in Literacy | Become a Literacy Education Leader and Prepare for NYS Teaching Certification in Buffalo, NY

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Literacy Education (MSEd)

Navigate the steps toward professional New York State certification as a leader in literacy education. Meet our education faculty.

The knowledge and confidence I gained because of Medaille has made teaching early readers and writers the best part of my school day.

Catie Beth Sulski ’08, ’10

About the Program

The master’s program in literacy at Medaille College is for professionals who are initially certified. Our program empowers you to be a strong classroom teacher as well as literacy leader and prepares you to navigate the steps toward professional New York State certification.


Choose Medaille College for your master's in education to be provided:

Personalized guidance.

Flexible hybrid delivery.

Guaranteed classes.

Teacher Reading to Students
Students Learning to Write

Program Specs

Buffalo; fall start

Birth–Grade 6 and Grades 5–12: 45 credits
Birth–Grade 6: 36 credits
Grades 5–12: 36 credits

Evening hybrid classes with practica held summers and after school

Practitioner-educators with real-world experience as teachers and administrators

Admission Requirements

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Courses, Requirements & Policies

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"No program or curriculum can replace the expertise of a knowledgeable literacy teacher."

– Michelle Cefaratti, Ed.M., Program Director, M.S.Ed. Literacy & Advanced Certificate in Literacy



Along with academic classes, students enrolled in the M.S.Ed. in Literacy program or the Advanced Certification in Literacy program are required by the state of New York to complete 50 (Birth – Grade 6 or Grades 5-12)  or 75 (Birth – Grade 12) clock hours of college-supervised tutoring. These hours are completed in EDL 671, EDL 676, and EDL 681 which are held in our Reading Center on campus or off campus at an educational facility. Learn more about Medaille's Reading Center


Office of Student Teaching and Certification

Visit the Office of Student Teaching and Certification


Student Handbook

2021-22 Handbook for M.S.Ed. and Advanced Certification in Literacy



On Campus
Buffalo campus: (716) 880-2568


Program News

Department of Education Reading Center Partners With SPCA Summer Reading Program

The Department of Education Reading Center has partnered with the SPCA Serving Erie County and its Tale for Two Summer Reading Program. Led by Assistant Professor Dr. Christine Woodcock, students in the M.S.Ed. literacy education program have been tutoring children (ages 6-14) at the Reading Center this summer, and each morning, the children have gotten to read books to animals at the SPCA via Zoom.

Medaille College is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Medaille College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.
Literacy Education

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