Make a Difference in the Lives of Students
Designed for educators holding initial teaching certification in any area. (K-12)
Complete in 12 Months
When you take classes full-time.
Fit your degree around your schedule with full and part-time options. Your advisor will give you a program map that will give you a clear start and finish.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (LITERACY)
36 FOR BIRTH-GRADE 6 CERTIFICATION
30 FOR GRADES 5-12 CERTIFICATION
39 FOR BIRTH-GRADE 12 CERTIFICATION
What will I learn?
Become a transformative literacy educator, fully equipped to foster positive literacy-learning experiences for students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, with a M.S.Ed. in Literacy.
Through Houghton’s M.S.Ed program you will:
- Prepare for NYSED professional certification as a literacy specialist, meeting premier standards for teacher certification in the U.S.
- Develop expertise in determining and communicating the literacy strengths and areas for potential growth for diverse learners.
- Be uniquely prepared to understand the needs of students in a rural setting.
- Acquire the tools and confidence to build a multi-layered literacy support network for students.
- Form collaborative partnerships between schools, families and communities.
Houghton's certification officer will be happy to consult with out-of-state applicants regarding how this program will support your continued certification in your state.
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Accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator PreparationAccreditation
Meet a Faculty Member
Dr. Laura Hopkins - Assistant Professor of Education
"My teaching philosophy and practices resonate with Houghton’s education department mission of “equipping teachers for transformative learning and service.” Teaching at Houghton provides me with the opportunity to learn with and from like-minded colleagues and students as together we grow in our knowledge and love of God and others."
Cost and Affordability
The 2020-21 cost per credit hour for the M.S.Ed. program is $695, for a total estimated program cost of:
for professional certification Birth-Grade 6
for professional certification Grade 5-12
for professional certification Birth-Grade 12
Students earning a M.S.Ed. degree from Houghton College are prepared to serve in a variety of occupations:
- Classroom teacher with literacy expertise (PK-12)
- Literacy coach
- Literacy consultant
- Curriculum coordinator
- Literacy specialist (PK-12
- Reading teacher (PK-12)
- Instructor of a college literacy course
Applying to the M.S.Ed Program
Choose a start date
Apply by November 1
Start your application
Complete the free online application formMSEd Application
Documents and supporting materials
You will be asked to provide transcripts, standardized test scores, initial teacher certification, two letters of recommendation and a current resume.
In 300 – 500 words, describe your professional and educational practices and how they inform your current professional goals. Consider sharing a story that demonstrates why you are pursuing a masters in literacy education. Be sure to include how you think this master’s program might support you in improving your practice and address literacy challenges in today’s classrooms.