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Graduate Programs in Education

Geneseo's Ella Cline Shear School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the standard of excellence in teacher preparation. The School of Education offers graduate programs leading to professional teacher certification.

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NCATE LogoTo be admitted into our graduate programs, applicants must provide evidence of having earned an initial teaching certificate.

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Want to speak to someone directly about our graduate programs in education? Email gradadmissions@geneseo.edu or calling (585)245-5040.

Reading and Literacy B-12 Program

The Reading and Literacy B-12 program is clinically-based and requires candidates to work directly with students on developing reading proficiencies. As part of their capstone experience, candidates will take two semesters of CURR 613 Practicum: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Readers, an intensive practicum experience in reading.

Applicants to the Reading and Literacy B-12 program must hold initial classroom teaching certification either in Early Childhood, Childhood, or Adolescence levels.

Successful completion of the program will yield initial certification in Reading & Literacy B-12 and eligibility for New York state professional certification as a literacy teacher when all other professional requirements have been met.

Why Reading and Literacy at Geneseo?

  • teacher reading to kidsOur courses are taught by full-time faculty with doctorates in the field of reading/literacy
  • Academic rigor: students graduate with the competence and confidence to pursue careers as reading/literacy specialists and literacy coaches
  • Geneseo Masters in Literacy students are highly sought after because they are well versed in both theory and practice
  • Small class sizes
  • Advisers are full-time faculty in the Masters in Literacy program
  • At around $18,000 for in-state residents, competitive tuition cost

Program Features

  • A full-time student (12 credit hours per semester/summer) can finish in three semesters (both summer sessions count as one semester):
    • fall/spring/summer
    • summer/fall/spring
    • spring/summer/fall
  • Courses are set up so that students would not have to take summer courses, but they still would need to take three semesters; e.g., fall/spring/fall
  • Classes are conveniently offered late afternoon/evening. Some courses may be offered online during the summer.

Master of Science in Adolescence Education (Grades 7 – 12)

Our M.S. in Adolescence Education program aims to deepen and broaden teachers' understanding of adolescent students, related pedagogical options and the content area of the teacher's preparation.

Teachers are guided by experts in the content areas and the discipline of education to consider innovative ways of designing learning experiences for adolescents, envisioning curriculum and creating the classroom of the 21st century.

Candidates who complete this program are eligible for New York state professional certification in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12). Four areas of academic specialization in grades 7-12 are available: English, French, Social Studies, and Spanish.

Why Adolescence Education at Geneseo?

  • students in classOur courses are taught by full-time faculty with doctorates in the field of the content area of study
  • Academic rigor: students graduate with the competence and confidence to pursue careers as middle and high school teachers
  • Geneseo Masters in Adolescence Education students are highly sought after because they are well versed in both theory and practice
  • Small class sizes
  • Advisers are full-time faculty in the Master in Adolescence Education program
  • At around $18,000 for in-state residents, competitive tuition cost

Program Features

  • A full-time student (12 credit hours per semester/summer) can finish in three semesters (both summer sessions count as one semester):
    • fall/spring/summer
    • summer/fall/spring
    • spring/summer/fall
  • Courses are set up so that students would not have to take summer courses, but they still would need to take three semesters; e.g., fall/spring/fall
  • Classes are conveniently offered late afternoon/evenings