Literacy Instruction

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About our Literacy Instruction Program

Literacy abilities are the foundation of contemporary K-12 schooling and for most current careers, yet many students struggle to attain the expected literacy benchmarks. Even though many dedicated educators have guided students in acquiring strong literacy skills, students still need more effective literacy teachers to help them reach these achievement goals. To this end, Niagara University's master's degree program in literacy instruction includes the most current theory and practice in literacy education and is designed to develop highly qualified literacy educators who can guide K-12 students to excellence in literacy. Students may concentrate their studies on either childhood or adolescent literacy development through their selection of certification tracks and elective courses. Graduates will be qualified for New York state initial certification as reading specialists leading to professional certification.

Family Literacy Center

The Family Literacy Center is an on-campus educational opportunity for graduate students to demonstrate teaching while enhancing the literacy performance of at-risk readers and their families. The center's programs focus on improving reading, writing and listening skills among children while supporting the literacy and basic skills of the family itself.

Interested in obtaining a masters degree? Learn more about masters degree in both literacy and TESOL

Accelerated 4+1 Option

Niagara University College of Education undergraduate students have the option to apply for our 4+1 Literacy Instruction program in their junior year. This allows our students to get a head start on their master's degree and finish their graduate coursework in just 1 year. Learn more here.