This online certificate program provides you with a sequence of courses to enhance your ability to teach reading and writing in grades K-12. The program does not lead to state endorsement in reading, but it provides a strong foundation if you subsequently choose to seek such endorsement.
The online 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.
Upon completion of these four reading courses, you will:
- Use appropriate reading assessments to guide planning and to 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 the readers’ efforts to construct meaning from the text
- Demonstrate how authentic materials can be used to enhance literacy instruction
Prerequisites: Prior completion of a bachelor’s degree is required for admissions to this certificate program.
Course requirements (12 credits):
- RDNG 625: Survey of Effective Reading Methods
- RDNG 640: Strategies for Teaching Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary
- RDNG 643: Teaching Writing
- RDNG 672: Reading and Study Skills in the Content Area
Further Degree Opportunities
Completion of this certificate provides a strong foundation for individuals who wish to continue their studies and complete the MEd in Reading as well as obtain the reading specialist endorsement. The degree program requires a total of 36 hours that incorporates the 12 hours identified above
The capstone project for the MEd in Reading program is a 6 hour reading practicum and the 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 3 years of teaching in which reading is a key component of instructional responsibilities and a 6-credit hour reading practicum.