Literacy Master’s Degree

Mercy College

Online Literacy Master’s Degree

NYSUT’s Education & Learning Trust (NYSUT ELT) and Mercy College have partnered to deliver an online graduate education program and Advanced Certificate programs to NYSUT members with flexible schedules at an affordable cost. NYSUT members can obtain a graduate degree and/or fulfill state certification requirements online. You do not need to be located within miles of a Mercy campus. Now, all members across the state can take advantage of this opportunity!

Teaching Literacy Program:

This program leads to NYS certification in Literacy Birth – Grade 6 and Literacy Grades 5-12 and requires 33 total credits. Applicants to the program are required to possess an initial teaching certificate.

NYSUT Core Courses:

EDUC 507 Approaches to Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood through Adolescence including Students with Disabilities
EDUC 561 Literacy Instruction for Students with Special Needs
EDUC 590 The Teaching of the Writing Process
EDUC 573 Learning Technology Across the English Language Arts
EDUC 648 Dimensions of Learning and Literacy

*After completing NYSUT core course(s) with a grade of B or above, students formally apply to Mercy College for matriculation in order to complete remaining requirements.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Students are NOT eligible to register for a Mercy sponsored course through NYSUT ELT or UFT if:

  • they have already completed 15 Mercy College credits through NYSUT ELT or UFT
  • they are currently enrolled in a Mercy College degree or Advanced Certificate Program
  • they are on a financial hold with Mercy College OR
  • they were academically dismissed by Mercy College

ELT is not responsible for reimbursement of tuition for students who register for any Mercy courses if they meet any of the above criteria.

NYSUT ELT is an approved provider of DASA training. Please contact us for more information.

Be mindful: New York State regulation (effective Fall of 2016) requires that all graduate schools of education require a 3.0 GPA (undergraduate) in their admissions criteria, and use a standardized test as part of the admission process. If you are planning to matriculate into a Graduate Education Program, you will have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or another test as indicated by the college you apply to.

As of May 2018, current certified teachers or educational leaders who already hold a graduate degree are exempt from taking the standardized test. To become exempt it may be necessary to apply for a waiver through the admissions. Waivers may also be available for the 3.0 GPA requirement. Ask your admissions officer for more information about these policies.