Literacy Education

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Description

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Literacy Education is designed to equip classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to increase student success for all learners. In the current educational landscape, classroom teachers are tasked with helping learners develop 21st century skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration while they are simultaneously required to evolve their skills and develop new strategies for addressing the emerging issues in literacy education.

In the literacy education certificate program, teachers will explore current trends in literacy instruction, develop strategies for integrating literacy into content areas, align curricula with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and examine the impact of digital technologies and culturally responsive literacy. Certificate graduates will meet the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) coursework requirements for a Reading Teacher endorsement. Information on admissions requirements can be found at Post-Baccalaureate Certificates Admissions Requirements.

Certificate Outcomes

Upon completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Literacy Education, recipients will be able to: 

  1. Articulate the theoretical frameworks and research based foundations of reading, writing, and communication processes.
  2. Design and implement integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum to support students’ literacy needs.
  3. Evaluate student literacy performance using valid, reliable, and fair assessment tools to screen, diagnosis, monitor, and measure student literacy achievement to inform instruction and evaluate interventions.
  4. Create and engage learners in literacy practices that develop awareness, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.
  5. Integrate digital technologies and print resources to engage learners in a literacy rich learning environment.
  6. Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners on the developmental continuum of language and literacy learning.

Certificate Policies

The grade of "C" is the lowest acceptable grade, and only one can be awarded during the program. A student may repeat one course in a post-baccalaureate certificate one time. Once a student has repeated a course, the student will not be permitted to repeat any other courses. If a student repeats a course, only the latter grade is used in computing the grade point average. However, all courses taken become a part of the student's academic record. Further, a student may withdraw from each graduate course one time only. A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average on all graduate work attempted is required for completion of the certificate. Only one grade of "C" may be applied toward the GPA requirement. Certificate requirements must be completed within seven years after the first course applied to the degree was completed.

Required Courses

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Literacy Education is an online, 15-credit hour program.

LTED 603Foundations of Literacy

3 credits

LTED 611Literacy Assessment

3 credits

LTED 621Culturally Responsive Literacy

3 credits

LTED 623Digital Literacy and Media

3 credits

LTED 701Literacy Capstone

3 credits

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