Literacy (Birth to Grade 6)


Program Overview

This master’s degree program will prepare you to become a teacher of literacy and reading in early childhood or elementary school settings.

Program Values

The mission of the Hunter College School of Education Literacy Program is to prepare literacy teachers and leaders who work in Birth through Grade 12 school communities. Our goal is to ensure that our literacy teachers and leaders provide equitable access to curriculum, instruction, and assessments that are aligned to their students’ histories, literacies, communities, and identities (Muhammad). We are an evolving program that is responsive to sociopolitical and sociocultural contexts, continually reflecting on the needs of our literacy teachers and taking action to best serve their interests and needs. Throughout the duration of their program, literacy teachers and leaders will work towards…

Coursework and Clinical Experiences

Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. Select courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a New York City public school.




Literacy Birth to Grade 6

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

This program is designed for applicants who hold New York State teacher certification in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, PreK through Grade 6, TESOL, or Special Education.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or a master’s degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5
  • New York State (NYS) initial, professional, or permanent certification in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, PreK to Grade 6, TESOL or Special Education
  • Two letters of recommendation including one from a supervisor
  • A statement of purpose
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report (Waived for Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 applicants). Certified teachers or administrators who already possess a graduate degree are exempt from this requirement.
  • On-site writing sample and interview after the application is reviewed

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

To start your application, visit the Hunter College Online Application.

When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Childhood and Early Childhood Education and Literacy (Birth to Grade 6).

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • March 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • April 15 (Extended Deadline)

Spring Start

  • October 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • November 1 (Extended Deadline)

Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.

Contact an Admissions Advisor

Program Leader

Jody Polleck

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