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Teaching Literacy, Advanced Certificate

Education Specialties
21 Credits

The School of Education
Long Island Graduate Center

Overview

This department offers a 21-credit Advanced Certificate in Literacy B-6 or 5-12 leading to professional certification as a Literacy Specialist. To be eligible for the Advanced Certificate in Literacy, you must have completed a Master’s Degree in Education possessing initial teaching certification. 

The coursework will provide you with the core Literacy courses offered in the Master’s program.

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Admission

Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information.

For additional information, call our Office of Graduate Admission at 718-990-2304 or email [email protected].

 

Courses

Advanced Certificate in Teaching Literacy, Grade B-6, 21 Credits

Download the program planning sheet (Word).

Literacy Methodology (12 Credits)

  • EDU 3200:  Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for General Education  and English Learners (ELLs) K-12*
  • EDU 3210:  Research and Practice of Teaching Writing in General and Inclusive Education ($25.00 Fee) 
    OR
    EDU 3264:  Teaching Literacy through Literature, B-6
  • EDU 3220:  Approaches, Materials, and Performance Evaluation, K-12*
  • EDU 3270:  Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in Content Areas*

Literacy Specialst Core (9 Credits)

  • EDU 3230:  Diagnosis and Case Study Analysis for Literacy Performance *
  • EDU 3240:  Case Study & Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners*
  • EDU 3250:  Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction
    (50 hrs of remediation NOT including testing)*

Advanced Certificate in Teaching Literacy, Grades 5-12, 21 Credits

Download the program planning sheet (Word).

Literacy Methodology (12 Credits)

  • EDU 3200:  Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for General Education  and English Learners (ELLs) K-12*
  • EDU 3215:  Research and Practice of Teaching Writing in General and Inclusive Education ($25.00 Fee) 
    OR
    EDU 3265:  Teaching Literacy through Literature, 5-12
  • EDU 3220:  Approaches, Materials, and Performance Evaluation, K-12*
  • EDU 3270:  Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in Content Areas*

Literacy Specialist Core (9 Credits)

  • EDU 3230:  Diagnosis and Case Study Analysis for Literacy Performance *
  • EDU 3240:  Case Study & Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners*
  • EDU 3255:  Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction
    (50 hrs of remediation NOT including testing)*

Career Outcomes

The literacy programs enable teachers to develop a repertoire of literacy strategies that enhance teaching and learning in general education, special education, resource room, and English-language learning environments. If you already have a master’s degree in these areas, the literacy strategies you learn will improve your ability to teach a diverse population of students.

Career Opportunities

  • Reading specialist and diagnostician
  • Private practice as a multisensory instructor
  • Resource room teacher
  • Conference presenter
  • Literacy coach or supervisor
  • University or college professor with Ph.D.
  • Curriculum/staff developer

Partnership/Placement

Literacy students conduct their practicum sessions in after-school settings where they are able to work with children from many schools. St. John’s has built partnerships with local schools to increase placement opportunities for our students after graduation.

Our program is unique in that it allows students to develop skills to teach diverse learners beyond the school setting by providing the background to establish a private practice as a diagnostician and tutor.

Students have the opportunity to work with leaders in the field—instructors who work directly with children in our city schools and who network with schools to assist with placement. Any of the literacy options can lead students to a Ph.D. program in literacy.