Update on Literacy Programs at Bank Street

We’re currently revising our programs to align with changes to New York State’s reading and literacy certification process.

If you already have initial certification, we encourage you to explore our Teaching Literacy: Classroom or Clinical Focus or Teaching Literacy: Advanced Literacy Specialization programs, which are accepting applications through Summer 2024. If you’re looking to start in Fall 2024 or later, we encourage you to complete this form and we will let you know about our new literacy master’s degree program when it becomes available in Spring 2025 (pending state approval).

If you’re seeking a dual certification in general education and literacy, we encourage you to explore the following programs, which will allow you to start your coursework. You will then have the opportunity to enroll in our new literacy master’s degree program when it becomes available in Spring 2025 (pending state approval).

There could be additional programs that will match your interests, too. Please complete the form below or reach out to Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@bankstreet.edu—we’d be happy to help you think through the options.


Why Bank Street?

Meeting Student Needs

In developing your own deep knowledge of language learning and literacy concepts, you’ll be better prepared to meet your students where they are and help them prepare for lifelong learning in many core content areas.

Prepared in the Long Run

In a field that experiences high turnover rates due to underprepared teachers, Bank Street is proud that 87% of its graduates remain in the field of education and 87% feel more confident in their subject area than comparison teachers.

A Valued Specialty

Not only are reading and literacy specialists in demand nationally, but this professional path also can lead to school- and district-level advancement in areas such as curriculum development and administrative leadership.

Alumni Spotlight: Alvin Irby

Bank Street alum Alvin Irby, ’09, founder of Barbershop Books, has reached millions of viewers through his TED Talk in which he shares more about his mission to inspire children, especially Black boys, to become lifelong readers.

Alumni Voices
The opportunity to collaborate with peers of all different backgrounds helped to mold my own perspective on education and shape my teaching practice. I feel equipped with a repertoire of skills to address the diversity of reading-related challenges that we see in students today.
Jane Moskowitz, GSE ’18