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Literacy Certificate Program Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $7,898
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Program Overview


The Literacy Certificate from Eastern Washington University is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of K-12 certificated teachers whose goal is to increase student success for all learners as a reading specialist.

In this online graduate certificate program, you will revisit your current reading pedagogical knowledge, explore ways of building a literate classroom, learn how to integrate a wide range of curriculum materials and plan systematic instruction to meet state standards. You will also study the causes and correlates of individual differences in reading ability and learn how to use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate evidence-based literacy instruction.

Through relevant research, field experiences, and hands-on opportunities, you will enrich your abilities to teach reading skills, strategies, and comprehension to kindergarten through grade 12 students. Earn your certificate in as few as 12 months. Coursework in this certificate program can also be applied to the M.Ed. – Literacy online degree program for an accelerated completion time.

Note: Educators certificated within the state of Washington can add the P-12 reading endorsement on their teaching certificate. Educators outside the state of Washington will need to follow the authorization for endorsements granted by their state.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of genre, text types, and text language in classic and contemporary children’s and young adult literature
  • Integrate reading instruction within content areas of the curriculum, including Common Core State Standards
  • Incorporate an organizational structure for class participation of literature
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationships of reading, writing, listening, and speaking
  • Utilize learnings in courses during the internship

Courses

In order to earn the EWU Literacy Certificate online, you must complete nine courses for a total of 30 credits. All courses are six weeks in length.

To see the full list of the Literacy Certificate program's online courses, view courses.

Admissions

As an applicant for the Literacy Certificate online program, you must hold a bachelor's degree in Education or a related field and have a teaching certificate.

To learn more about our online certificate program admission requirements view admissions.

Tuition

As a student in the EWU Literacy Certificate online program, you can pay for each course as you enroll. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee. Tuition is the same for students living inside Washington or outside the state.

To learn more about our online certificate program tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With seven start dates each year, the EWU Literacy Certificate online program is convenient to begin. Before starting the program, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for our Literacy Certificate online, view calendar.

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Courses


The EWU Literacy Certificate online curriculum is comprised of nine courses for a total of 30 credits.

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Literacy Certificate
Notes Course Number and Title Credits
Specialization EDUC 542 - Literature Study in the Elementary and Middle School 4
EDUC 544 - Advanced Reading Methods Across the Curriculum 4
EDUC 560 - Reading Inquiry 4
EDUC 576 - Advanced Literacy Methods 4
EDUC 590 - Critical and Social Literacies 4
EDUC 591 - Instructional Foundations and Interventions for Literacy Difficulties 4
EDUC 641 - Literacy Internship I 2
EDUC 641 - Literacy Internship II 2
EDUC 664 - Principal Portfolio 2
Total Credits 30

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Advanced study of literature based teaching. Explores ways of building a literate classroom by connecting children and books with special ways on supporting students in becoming fluent readers. Understand how to select and adapt instructional content, including technology-based materials. Demonstrate knowledge of the range of genre, text types, and text language in classic and contemporary children’s and young adult literature.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

A course designed to provide classroom teachers an opportunity to revisit current reading pedagogical knowledge, including knowledge of essential components of reading (phonics, word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension), phonological awareness, print concepts, and academic language. Students will explore meaningful ways in which reading instruction may be infused and integrated within content areas of the curriculum, including Common Core State Standards. Teacher assessment and student self-assessment as a means to inform teaching and learning will be an additional focus of the course.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course centers on theoretical and evidence-based research into reading and literacy instruction. The course is based on the inquiry cycle, which will provide the organizational structure for class participation. An emphasis on topics related to current research in the field of literacy, including collegial practices. Class sessions will include small group brainstorming and discussion, reading, explorations, browsing, workshop experiences, presentations, and teaching demonstrations.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Advanced course with emphasis on models for reading, writing and language arts integration. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationships of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students demonstrate knowledge of how to integrate a variety of classroom-based materials using a wide range of curriculum materials and instructional strategies. Know-how to plan systematic instruction using Common Core State Standards and current literacy research to guide instruction. Covers total program: management, methods, materials and techniques.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

An advanced course for students wanting to study current literature on literacy as practiced in a variety of social contexts, as evaluated through a number of critical perspectives. Developing practitioners reflect and discuss the importance of respecting socio-economic, cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity in the teaching process. Demonstrate knowledge that students’ interests, literacy skill, and funds of knowledge are always considered and integrated within literacy practices. Instructional implications will be highlighted so students will develop reflective and sound classroom practice.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course is designed to examine the causes and correlates of individual differences in reading ability. Knowledge of foundations of phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics and orthography. Integration and analysis of multiple assessment tools and knowledge of the assessment/instruction cycle (data analysis, universal screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring, formative, summative), and how to use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate evidence-based literacy instruction. Specialized, intensive approaches for the improvement of literacy skills will be examined. Reflection will include the influence and impact on literacy for English Language Learners, special needs students, and struggling readers.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Continuation of Literacy Internship I. Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides MEd candidates the opportunity to assemble a portfolio of work from graduate education courses that includes a reflective component. Candidates will provide evidence aligned with corresponding professional competencies. The course provides candidates the opportunity to prepare for the written comprehensive examination, which serves as the capstone experience in lieu of a thesis or research report.

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Admissions


Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your EWU Literacy Certificate online. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for this online certificate, along with information on required documents.

Literacy Certificate Online Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities where you have earned credit
  • Teaching Certificate

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Studies
206 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

Have a question? Call us at 800-826-3411.

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Tuition


Tuition for the EWU Literacy Certificate online program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4-Credit Hour Course Per Program
EWU Literacy Certificate $263.26 $1,053.04 $7,898
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Calendar


The EWU Literacy Certificate program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall I 9/21/2020 9/7/2020 9/14/2020 9/16/2020 9/19/2020 11/1/2020
Fall II 11/2/2020 10/19/2020 10/26/2020 10/28/2020 10/31/2020 12/13/2020
Winter I 12/28/2020 12/11/2020 12/18/2020 12/22/2020 12/26/2020 2/7/2021
Winter II 2/8/2021 1/25/2021 2/1/2021 2/3/2021 2/6/2021 3/21/2021
Spring I 3/29/2021 3/15/2021 3/22/2021 3/24/2021 3/27/2021 5/9/2021
Spring II 5/10/2021 4/26/2021 5/3/2021 5/5/2021 5/8/2021 6/20/2021
Summer 7/6/2021 6/21/2021 6/28/2021 6/30/2021 7/4/2021 8/15/2021
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