Literacy Leader: Literacy Specialist Graduate Certificate (with or without MEd-CS)

The Literacy Specialist Graduate Certificate is an 18-credit online program and partnership between the Curriculum Studies and Special Education Departments. The program prepares literacy specialists to ensure all students achieve their maximum potential as readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and practitioners of 21st Century literacies (e.g., digital, media, visual, critical) based on International Literacy Association and International Standards for Reading Professionals.

The 18-credits include the following courses:

  • SPED 637: Topics & Issues in Reading Difficulties (3)
  • EDCS 647: Classroom and School Literacy Assessment (3)
  • SPED 638: Fundamentals of Language & Literacy (3)
  • EDCS 605: Literacy Coaching and Leadership (3)
  • SPED 639: Advanced Fundamentals of Language & Literacy (3)
  • EDCS 607: New Literacies Leadership (3)

For more information, please contact Dr. Amanda Smith at