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Combined Bachelor’s & Master’s in Literacy Education

Earn both a B.S. and an M.S.Ed. in literacy in one, five-year program.

Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Education (B.S./M.S.Ed.) in Childhood & Literacy Education (150 credits)

Program Requirements

Childhood Education/Literacy Program Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1

Fall: Semester 1   Spring: Semester 2
Course Credits   Course Credits
EDU 118 — Human Growth/Development 3   EDU 130 — Ethics, Relationships, Multicultural Competencies in Education 3
EDU 120 — Exploring Teaching, Learning, and Human Development 3   Information and Technology GE Course 1
Written Expression GE Course 3   Natural Science and Technology GE Course 3–4
Math GE Course 3   US Civilization or Western Civilization GE Course 3
Social Science GE Course 3   The Arts GE Course 3
Total Credits: 15   Specialization Content Course 1 3
      Total Credits: 16–17

Year 2

Fall: Semester 3   Spring: Semester 4
Course Credits   Course Credits
EDU 230 — Social Contexts in Learning 3   EDU 240 — Intro to Instructional Planning 3
Foreign Language Level 1 3   EDR 201 — Curriculum, Instruction, and Literacy for Birth–Grade 2 3
ELA Generalist Content Course 3   Foreign Language Level 2 3
Social Studies Generalist Content Course 3   *GLO GE Course 3*
Specialization Content Course 2 3   Specialization Content Course 3 (300 Level or higher) 3
The Arts Generalist Content Course 3   Total Credits: 15–16
Total Credits: 18      

Year 3

Fall: Semester 5   Spring: Semester 6
Course Credits   Course Credits
EDU 325 — Teaching Methods I 6   EDU 335 — Teaching Methods II 6
EDU 321 — Ethics, Professional Responsibilities for Classroom Teachers 1   EDU 359 — Integrating Technology into Teaching 3
EDR 315 — Supporting Success for English Language Learners 3   Specialization Content Course 4 (300 Level or higher) 3
EDR 360 — Using Children’s Literature and Trade Books in the Classroom 3   Science Generalist Content Course 3–4
Math Generalist Content Course 3   Total Credits: 15–16
Total Credits: 16      

Year 4

Fall: Semester 7   Spring: Semester 8
Course Credits   Course Credits
EDU 465 — Curriculum Design
(Fulfills Oral Expression GE Course requirement)
6   EDT 494 — Student Teaching 12
EDU 475 — Practitioner Research in the Classroom 2   *Coursework cannot be completed during student teaching.  
EDR 401 — Study in Literacy 3      
EDS 410 — Foundations of Special Education 3      
Specialization Content Course 5
(300 Level or higher)
3      
Total Credits: 17      

Year 5

Fall: Semester 9   Spring: Semester 10
Course Credits   Course Credits
EDR 504 Writing and the Teaching of Writing 3   EDR 509 Assessment of Reading and Writing Skills and Strategies 2
EDR 513 Literacy for Democratic and Global Societies 3   EDR 511 Literacy Education Birth–Grade 6 3
EDR 522 Advanced Literacy Instruction for All Learners 3   EDR 514 Developing Multicultural Competencies 3
EDR 519 Curriculum and Instruction for Birth–Grade 2 3   EDR 527 Becoming a Literacy Leader 3
Total Credits: 12   EDR 585 Practitioner Research 2
      Total Credits: 13 Graduate Credits

Clinical Experience

Summer Semester
Course Credits
*Summer Clinical Experience in Literacy Education (Required) EDR 560* 6 cr.

Important Notes and Considerations

  • Teacher candidates are ultimately responsible for their progression through the teacher education program(s). Teacher candidates must monitor their Degree Works, and seek support from advisors accordingly.
  • CMM 101 is not required (EDU 465 Curriculum Design fulfills this requirement)
  • World Systems is not required (The New York State Department of Education requires teacher candidates to take 2 levels of a foreign language, this will fulfill the World Systems or Foreign Language GE category.)
  • Teacher candidates should declare a specialization early will allow for Double Dip GE courses and Specialization Courses
  • For Generalist Content Courses (ELA, Math, The Arts, Social Studies, and Science) at least 9 credits must be 300 level or higher.
  • For Generalist Specialization Content Courses (ELA, STEM, The Arts, Social Studies, Modern Languages and Culture, and Interdisciplinary) at least 9 credits must be 300 level or higher. (*Some GLO GE courses may be able to double dip, please refer to Degree Works.)

Contact Information

If you would like more information about literacy education programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Jean Ann Hunt, Ed.D., Literacy Education Program Leader
Office: Sibley Hall 222A
Phone: (518) 564-5136
Email: huntja@plattsburgh.edu