Certificate in Literacy Instruction

This 100 percent online program is aligned to the K-12 Teacher of Reading Standards for the state of Minnesota. The courses provide relevant research, learning experiences and hands-on opportunities to gain a greater understanding of how to teach reading skills, strategies, and comprehension to kindergarten through grade 12 students. The courses also prepare individuals to serve in literacy leadership roles. 

The Certificate and individual courses are also open to to anyone  interested in improving their reading instruction.

Who is this program for?

This certificate program is designed for:

  • those seeking a Minnesota K-12 Teacher of Reading license* or
  • for anyone interested in becoming a more successful and confident teacher of reading at any level

*The K-12 reading licensure is for educators who have an existing Minnesota teaching license and wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of reading. Graduates will be required to pass the MTLE Reading Teacher test in order to obtain their K-12 Teacher of Reading license.

How long will it take to complete the program?

Following a part-time schedule of one class per term this 15-credit program can be completed in five terms, or a year and a half.

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Students can start the Certificate in Literacy Instruction program in any term.

Course Descriptions

This program consists of five courses focusing on the key components of high-quality literacy instruction and assessment. Courses provide practical, research-based approaches to teaching reading.

All courses may be applied toward the Master of Education degree program to meet elective strand requirements.

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Expand and Collapse EDU 6340 - Foundations of Literacy

Explores the theoretical, philosophical, and historical underpinnings of literacy instruction. Students examine the following major topics: emergent literacy, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and digital literacy. Students investigate the ways in which these topics inform literacy programs and reflect on the philosophical and theoretical perspectives that shape their own teaching practice.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6350 - Effective Literacy instruction

Examines instructional techniques, activities, and strategies that promote and sustain reading success in literacy classrooms. The focus of this course is on understanding and creating a balanced literacy program that meets the diverse needs of all learners.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6360 - Reading in the Content Areas

An investigation into the reading process and strategies appropriate for teaching literacy within the content areas. Students will learn how to select and implement strategies that support and enhance the literacy and content specific text needs of their learners.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6375 - Literacy Assessment and Interventions

Provides an in-depth study of assessment and intervention in the literacy classroom. The selection, administration, scoring, interpretation, and reporting of assessment results will be examined and applied. The course will provide opportunities for students to use data gained from assessments to design, plan, and implement effective reading interventions for readers at the elementary and secondary levels.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6380 - Leadership in K-12 Literacy

Explores the expanding need for literacy leadership in the K-12 school setting. Areas of focus will include: school wide literacy programs, using district and school wide assessment data to inform instructional needs, creating and maintaining a sustainable literacy plan and creating and organizing ongoing professional development.

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