The Literacy/Reading Instruction Graduate Certificate offers coursework to prepare teachers to serve as literacy leaders, reading specialists, or literacy coaches in K-12 settings.
Concentration in Reading Specialist (K-12)
The Reading Specialist (K-12) concentration is designed for teachers who already have a master’s degree and are interested in developing the expertise needed to serve as literacy leaders. Coursework helps teachers develop an in-depth understanding of literacy development, scientifically-based literacy research, and evidence-based instructional, assessment, and intervention in literacy. It also provides opportunities to develop the leadership skills needed to serve as a Reading Specialist. Successful completion of this state-approved sequence of courses may lead to eligibility for the K-12 Reading Specialist license in Virginia. Additional state requirements that must be met for the K-12 Reading Specialist license include holding a master’s degree, having an initial teaching license, earning a satisfactory score on the state-mandated licensure exam, and having at least three years of teaching experience under contract. This concentration is offered in both hybrid and fully online formats.
Concentration in Literacy Coaching
The Literacy Coaching concentration is designed for current Reading Specialists or others with a strong background in literacy who want to more effectively support teachers’ professional learning, and ultimately student achievement, through literacy coaching. Coursework provides an in-depth understanding of adult learning, effective professional development techniques, strategies for supporting collaboration and communication, using data to foster change, ways to more effectively use technology when working with teachers, and issues of diversity and equity in literacy instruction. This concentration is offered in a fully online format.
For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.
Total credits: 12-21
This certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis only.
Concentration in Reading Specialist (K-12) (RSPC)
Students enrolled in this concentration must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.
|EDRD 640||Trajectory of Literacy Research||2|
|EDRD 641||Trends and Issues in Literacy||2|
|EDRD 642||Foundations of Literacy Instruction: Code-Based Skills||3|
|EDRD 643||Foundations of Literacy Instruction: Meaning-Based Skills||3|
|EDRD 644||Literacy Assessment and Intervention 1||3|
|EDRD 645||Supervised Literacy Practicum 1||3|
|EDRD 646||School-Based Leadership in Literacy||3|
|EDRD 647||Introduction to Literacy Coaching||2|
Concentration in Literacy Coaching (LITC)
|EDRD 680||Foundations of Coaching and Fostering Professional Learning||3|
|EDRD 681||Collaboration and Communication in Literacy Coaching||3|
|EDRD 682||Creating Change through Data-Oriented Coaching||3|
|EDRD 683||Trends and Issues in Literacy Instruction and Literacy Coaching||3|