Literacy Education – Grades 5-12 (MSEd)
Welcome to the Literacy Education – Grades 5-12 (MSEd) program home page. Use this page as a guide to the program from acceptance to graduation.
This program is designed for teachers with NYS certification in Middle Childhood (grades 5-9) and adolescent (grades 7-12) content teachers to become teachers of literacy and reading at the middle and secondary school levels.
This program leads to certification in Literacy Grades 5-12.
Course Sequence and Program Tracker
Consult the course sequence and program tracker for a suggested order of education courses. Students must meet with their faculty advisor to determine their particular course of study before registering for classes.
Course Descriptions, Progress Standards and Exit Requirements
Review the course descriptions, progress standards, and exit requirements in the Course Catalog based on start date.
Course Catalog Summer 2022 onward
Course Catalog prior to Summer 2022
Newly Accepted Students: Getting Started
Welcome to the School of Education! Visit the Newly Accepted Students page for a checklist to get you started at Hunter College.
New Student Support
If at any point you need support, please reach out to our New Student Liaison, Kristen Hall at email@example.com or make an appointment.
Newly Accepted Students: Orientations
Welcome to the School of Education! Students will attend two orientations to cover all the information needed to start your program:
- General New Student Orientation
- Program Advising Session
General New Student Orientation
The School of Education hosts monthly virtual new graduate student orientations titled “New Student Orientation – Teacher Education and Leadership”. These 60 minute online sessions will provide you with an overview of Hunter College and the School of Education. Additionally, you will find answers to many of your questions regarding registration, student life and certification. See “Program Related Events” below for details about upcoming sessions.
Program Advising Session
The Literacy Education – Grades 5-12 (MSEd) program hosts program advising sessions that cover the course of study, progress standards and fieldwork requirements. See “Program Related Events” below for details about upcoming sessions.
Professional Teaching Portfolio (ePortfolio)
The Professional Teaching Portfolio (ePortfolio) is an additional requirement of the Literacy Education – Grades 5-12 (MSEd) program for graduation.
The Professional Teaching Portfolio (ePortfolio) is a collection of authentic, learner-specific artifacts that give evidence of student competence in meeting International Reading Association (IRA) standards, as well as, growth and accomplishment as a learner, literacy teacher and educator.
The Professional Teaching Portfolio provides a space and structure to reflect—watching over your learning, and gaining better understanding of yourself as a learner, teacher and thinker. Students integrate knowledge and learning between and among courses, between theory and practice, and between graduate classrooms and classrooms in which students teach.
The Professional Teaching Portfolio provides not only a holistic picture of student learning progression, but also a platform for mentoring, allowing the literacy faculty to get to know students better as a learner outside individual courses.
Professional Teaching Portfolio (ePortfolio) Timeline for Completion
The Initial Professional Teaching Portfolio Workshop takes place at the end of your first semester. Attendance is required. Students will be introduced to the ePortfolio platform and begin to reflect on your first semester learning at Hunter.
Students complete the following Initial entries before the second semester begins:
- About Me
- Progress Artifacts
- Artifact Tags
Students select 1 or 2 progress artifacts from each first semester course. Faculty mentors review entries and provide feedback within the first three weeks of the following semester.
Students complete the following ongoing entries after the end of each semester:
- Progress Artifacts
- Artifact Tags
Students select 1 or 2 progress artifacts for each course taken per semester. Faculty mentors review entries and provide feedback within the first three weeks of the following semester.
Students complete a draft of the following midpoint entries before taking EDLIT 731/EDLIT 756:
- Benchmark 1
Benchmark 1 will be reviewed by your faculty advisor. Students continue to revise throughout the semester.
The Final Professional Teaching Portfolio Workshop takes place during break before your final semester. Attendance is required. Students will learn how to revise Benchmark 1 into Benchmark 2 and select three showcase artifacts to illustrate accomplishments.
Students complete the following entries before the start of their last semester.
- Benchmark 2
- 3 Showcase Artifacts
- Artifact Tags
Professional Teaching Portfolio Review
All entries must be completed and ready for review during your final semester (early March for spring semester, early October for fall semester). Any revisions if necessary must be completed before final review (late April for spring semester, late November for fall semester) in order to meet graduation requirements.