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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 four graduate programs for those students interested in taking their knowledge and career preparation to the next level.

Apply to one of our graduate programs.


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?  

  • Our 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

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 Childhood Multicultural Education (Grades 1-6)

This program adds to teachers’ knowledge of teaching and learning in grades 1-6 by focusing on the multicultural dimensions of education in a diverse society. The program begins with a core component that addresses the philosophical, psychological, and social dimensions of multicultural education, focusing on critical pedagogy, multicultural materials, and methods that are social constructivist, antiracist, and global in perspective. The program includes a research component, in which candidates take a research course and design and complete a project or thesis.  Candidates who complete this program are eligible for New York State professional certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6).

The MSED in Childhood Multicultural Education adds a vital element of multiculturalism to the School of Education’s graduate curriculum ensuring that our candidates can assist all children in learning to their full potential. The Multicultural Education program is ideal for many teachers of grades 1-6 who wish to refine their general teaching skills rather than specialize in a particular area at the master’s degree level. Graduates will have special expertise in multicultural teaching methods, content and theory to be prepared to meet the changing needs of education in our diverse society and the world. They will be able to teach children multiculturally with engaging, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate materials.

Why Childhood Multicultural Education at Geneseo?  

  • Our courses are taught by full-time faculty with doctorates in the field of education
  • Academic rigor: students graduate with the competence and confidence to pursue careers working in many diverse facets of education
  • Geneseo Masters in Childhood Multicultural 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 Masters in Childhood Multicultural Education program

Program Features

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

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?  

  • Our 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

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

TESOL Sequence

Want to earn an additional certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for Grades Pre K-12?

SUNY Geneseo offers 5 courses that are necessary to complete the Individual Pathway for an Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate.  Coursework will include synchronous and asynchronous components.

The TESOL Sequence is a 5-course (16 credit) sequence created to support teachers who want to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The coursework is available to any candidate in any education master’s degree program as well as non-degree seeking students who have completed a majority of their education coursework (also known as professional advancement student). Individuals interested in taking a single course for professional development purposes are also encouraged to enroll. Qualified undergraduate students (seniors) may take up to 6 graduate credits, and take additional courses as post-baccalaureate students. The TESOL sequence is geared to meet the needs of teachers, or potential teachers, at elementary and secondary levels. It will also be beneficial to foreign language teachers seeking professional development, including teachers who would like to know more about second-language acquisition, and program administrators or coordinators responsible for the development of TESOL curriculum. In addition, the material covered will help teachers currently teaching or training in English immersion school programs. The program addresses the major competencies and knowledge necessary to be a specialist in the TESOL field with a focus on the development of practical classroom skills and effective teaching techniques, plus a foundation in second-language acquisition, linguistics, and literacy development for English Language Learners. Each class covers concepts, methods, techniques, materials, and resources directly applicable to the classroom. This coursework includes:

  • EDUC 521 Linguistics and Culture for TESOL (Offered in the Fall)
  • EDUC 548 Literacy and Language Development in English for Speakers of Other Languages (Offered in the Fall)
  • ENG 506 Writing for Teachers (Grammar) (Offered in the Fall)
  • CURR 624 Pedagogy and Instruction for TESOL (Offered in the Spring; Pre-reqs include EDUC 521 & 548)
  • CURR 625 Assessment-Based Instructional Practicum for TESOL (Offered in the Spring; Pre-reqs include EDUC 521 & 548) This course includes an exciting opportunity to work with English Language Learners in person if you live near Geneseo or through video components if you are out-of-the-area.

In addition to the successful completion of these 5 courses, in order to apply for the Individual Pathway for an Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate, you must:

  • Hold a valid New York State teaching certificate
  • Have 12 semester hours in a Language other than English (Including American Sign Language)
  • Take the Content Specialty Test (CST) in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Complete the workshops in Child Abuse, School Violence Intervention & Prevention, and Dignity for All Students
  • Have fingerprint clearance