The Adolescent Literacy certificate is designed for teachers of older students, those beyond the primary years and for whom instruction becomes more content-oriented. We surveyed school districts in the state for their needs and the response was "assistance for teachers of grades 4 and above students." Hence, the certificate was designed.
It consists of 16 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, and how to motivate students for whom learning has become uninteresting.
Courses in the certificate include:
- Adolescent Literacy (3)
- Reading in the Content Areas (3)
- Word Study: Language Structures and Phonics (3)
- Word Study for Struggling Readers (1)
- Literature for Young Adults (3)
- Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
The certificate may be earned in concert with master's degree work in reading, in addition to a master's degree, or independently. Individuals must apply for the certificate at the start of coursework. All courses are available online.
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