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Adolescent Literacy Certificate

The Adolescent Literacy Certificate is a stand-alone, post Master's certificate. It is a part-time program available online or in-person in Charlottesville.

This certificate is designed for teachers of students in grades 4-12, those beyond the primary years and for whom instruction becomes more content-oriented. We surveyed school districts for their needs and the response was "assistance for teachers of grades 4 and above students." Hence, the certificate was designed.

The Adolescent Literacy certificate consists of 15 hours of coursework, focused on what teachers need to know about literacy development, the word-level and text-level information they need to build their curriculum beyond the grade-level textbook to include writing, and how to motivate students for whom learning has become uninteresting.

This certificate is not a masters degree. 

Interested teachers should apply through the Apply Yourself link.

Demand for teachers with adolescent literacy skills is strong and growing. Obtain a certificate with the convenience of online coursework and part-time in less than two years.

Program Life


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Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Completion of the online certificate application; letters of recommendation, goal statement (1-2 pages) and transcripts of previous degree work including a completed Masters degee. Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts with their application

Application Due Date

ALL application materials, including test scores, transcripts, and recommendations, must be received by the deadlines below in order for an application to be considered complete.

Students applying to study in Charlottesville:
-Fall entry: February 1 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.
-Spring entry: October 15
-Summer entry: February 1

All other locations: 
-Fall entry: June 1
-Spring entry: October 15
-Summer entry: February 1

Applicants will be assigned an advisor when their application has been approved.

Degree Requirements

15 hours of graduate coursework in reading and related areas. Six hours of course work may be transferred into the certificate with advisor permission.  No requirements completed more than five years before the certificate may be applied toward the requirements for this certificate.

Funding Opportunities

Educators may apply for the preK-12 educator discount, which significantly reduces tuition costs. This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Typical Length of Study

Eighteen months to two years, depending on courses selected. We suggest taking one course each semester, fall and spring, and two courses in the summer.

Full or Part Time:

This is a part-time program of study.

Course Overview

Sample Jobs After Graduation

High school content teacher; literacy coach (middle and high).

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at

Contact Us

State Coordinator:
Mary Abouzeid,,       162 Ruffner Hall, 434-924-0750

Associate State Coordinator:
Ottilie Austin,,          164 Ruffner Hall, 434-924-6338

Northern Virginia Center:
Carrie Simkin,, 703-536-1116

Richmond Center:
Julie Gray,, 804-662-7464

Newport News Center:
Susan Thacker-Gwaltney,

We are always looking to improve our programs and welcome your feedback.

Locations Offered

  • Charlottesville
  • Distance and Distributed Learning
  • Falls Church
  • Hampton Roads
  • Online
  • Richmond

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