College Supervised - Literacy Practicum

For the literacy certificate (birth through grade 6), at least 50 clock hours of college-supervised practica in teaching literacy to students at both the early childhood and childhood levels; and for the literacy certificate (grades 5 through 12), at least 50 clock hours of college-supervised practica in teaching literacy to students at both the middle childhood and adolescent levels is required. For those individuals who apply for both certificates, at least 25 clock hours at each developmental level is required.

Applicants may also meet this requirement by documenting at least one year full-time teaching experience as a literacy (remedial reading) teacher. Only paid teaching experience gained in a private school, in a school outside New York State or in a New York State public school on the basis of holding a NYS Supplementary Literacy certificate would be acceptable. For such experiences the chief school officer (superintendent, headmaster, etc.) completes the Substitution of Experience for Student Teaching form  verifying satisfactory experience and returns it directly to this office.

The following experiences are unacceptable:

  • Practica completed that are part of a literacy program that does not lead to a public school teaching certificate.

  • Practica completed at the undergraduate level.

  • Practica that are less than 50 clock hours or that do not take place in the necessary settings.

  • Paid experience not in accordance with regulation,  eg. working  as an Academic Intervention Services (AIS) reading teacher without a literacy  certificate.

  • Paid Experience  as a  developmental reading teacher, reading coach or experience other than as a remedial reading teacher.
Literacy certificate title

Practicum or Experience
must be completed within the grade levels indicated below to meet the requirements for the certificate listed on the left.

Grade(s) Birth - Grade 2  3 4 5 6 7 8 9 -12
Literacy (Birth to Grade 6) Lower level Upper level      
Literacy (Grades 5-12)       Lower Level Upper Level


Last Updated: July 26, 2018