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"Reading can never be separated from the purposes of readers and from its consequences upon them."—Frank Smith in Understanding Reading (1994, p. 167, Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum)
Remember that bumper sticker? Our job in literacy education at SUNY Plattsburgh is to prepare teachers with the skills and strategies they need in order to help learners of all ages to read, write, and use all of the language arts effectively.
We offer courses to help undergraduate education majors incorporate literacy instruction into their content areas at the elementary, middle, or secondary level.
A graduate program is available for certified teachers who wish to gain expertise and certification in literacy for birth to grade 6 or literacy for grades 5 through 12.
In addition, our Literacy Education Center (in Sibley Hall, Room 332) provides teacher-candidates with books, games, and other resources that they may use in their classes. Our graduate students use the Literacy Education Center for tutoring experiences with children.
Explore our website to find out more about our program.
Regardless of their particular ages, learners are always in the process of developing their abilities to use the language arts — the arts of "reading, writing, listening, and speaking" along with the recent addition of "viewing and representing visually." Due to this, every teacher is, in effect, a literacy educator. Across all subject areas and grade levels, teachers help students use skills and strategies to make sense of the world.
Through our writing program (in which teacher candidates explore educational issues while honing their own writing abilities), our undergraduate courses, and our specialized graduate courses, literacy education faculty members seek to prepare teachers for the challenges of the new century.
If you would like more information about literacy education programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Associate Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, M.S.Ed. Graduate Programs
Office Location: Sibley 309
Phone: (518) 564-5143
Fax: (518) 564-2149
Office: Sibley Hall 302
Phone: (518) 564-2123
Fax: (518) 564-2149