This program is designed to meet the needs of:
- General education and special education teachers seeking advanced training related to providing reading and language arts instruction to all students.
- Prior completion of a bachelor’s degree.
Upon completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:
- Use appropriate reading assessments to guide planning and provide instruction.
- Describe and develop approaches that increase students’ understanding of vocabulary, phonics, and spelling.
- Experiment with various types of writing and theories of teaching writing, allowing students to gain knowledge, skills, and processes necessary for the teaching of writing.
- Use tools that enable learners to comprehend texts and support readers’ efforts to construct meaning from the text.
- Demonstrate how authentic materials can be used to enhance literacy instruction.
Additional Degree Opportunities
Completion of the Literacy Studies Certificate provides a strong foundation for individuals who wish to continue their studies and complete the Master of Education in Reading (MEd), as well as obtain the reading specialist endorsement. The MEd program requires a total of 36 hours, which incorporates the 12 hours required for this certificate. The capstone project for the MEd program is a six-hour reading practicum and presentation of the reading portfolio, which will be 33% complete at the end of the certificate program. Virginia state licensure for a reading specialist requires three years of teaching, in which reading is a key component of instructional responsibilities, and a six-credit-hour reading practicum.
Stefanie B. Copp, EdD
Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Director of the Master of Education in Reading Program