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Reading and Advanced Literacy Certificate

Certificate Description 

The Graduate Certificate in Reading and Advanced Literacy program is designed to meet the needs of K-12 teachers, who already hold a valid teaching licensure and reading endorsement, supervisors, coaches, and college/university teacher educators who want to increase their effectiveness in the teaching of reading. This program addresses the needs expressed by the Florida State Department of Education. The program includes five classes which will provide an in-depth view of reading research, theory and the application of current scientific research and trends.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Implement a repertoire of literacy and reading strategies that enhance teaching and learning in general education, resource room, and English-language learning environments
  • Design curriculum and instruction that is responsive to the children they teach
  • Use theories of language acquisition and reading instruction including bilingual and bicultural considerations in the reading classroom
  • Analyze literacy research and compare trends in the development of literacy and reading materials, approaches, and programs
  • Create learning environments using and reflecting students’ interests, reading abilities, and backgrounds as well as a large supply of books, technology-based information, print and non-print materials representing multiple levels, broad interests, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds to model reading and writing and to motivate learners to be lifelong readers and writers