Graduate Certificate

Typical Length 13 months

Delivery Online

18

Credits

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 potentials as readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and practitioners of 21st Century literacies (e.g., digital, media, visual, critical) based on International Literacy Association and International Dyslexia Association Standards for Reading Professionals.

Who should consider this program

K-12 educators with at least 3 years of teaching experience who are interested in becoming leaders in Literacy curriculum and instruction in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

Common Careers

Graduates of this program are positioned to take up Literacy leadership positions in their school, district, state, and beyond. Students are eligible to earn a Literacy Specialist add-a-field to existing Hawaii teaching licenses when the certificate is paired with a Master’s degree from either the Department of Curriculum Studies OR Department of Special Education at UHM.

Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task
New or Incoming UHM Students

You must submit a graduate division application.

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Literacy Leader - Graduate Certificate**"

For directions and information on the UHM Graduate application process go to the Office of Graduate Education Forms page and select - Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions.

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

Current UHM Graduate Students

Use the Concurrent Graduate Certificate Application form.

The application form can also be found on the Office of Graduate Education Forms page.

Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

Applicants must have graduated from a UHM recognized, accredited, four-year institution of higher education prior to beginning the Literacy Leader: program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at graduate.education@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-8544.

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA View This Task

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

The Graduate Division at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) requires an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission. Some departments however may admit students with GPA’s that are below a 3.0. Departments consider the GPA along with other factors when making their admission decisions.

Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended is required.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division directly from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

You are required to write a statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following question as part of your application to the Literacy Leader: program.



Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV is required.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail or fax a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Or

Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

Department of Curriculum Studies
UHM College of Education
1776 University Avenue,Everly Rm 224
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-9905

Two Letters of Recommendation View This Task

You must provide 2 letters of recommendation

List three professional references who will write your letters of recommendation, e.g., supervisor, professor, advisor, instructor, etc. These references will be sent an email with directions for submitting the letter. Please verify in advance, the listed references have agreed to provide a letter and inform them they will receive an email with instructions. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send
1.
2.
3.

Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Fax: (808) 956-9905
  3. Mail:
    • Department of Curriculum Studies,
      University Hawai‘i at Mānoa,
      Everly Hall, Room 224,
      1776 University Avenue,
      Honolulu, HI 96822

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

International students may need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to be considered for admittance. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Office of Graduate Education's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

TOEFL -
600/100 (Paper/Internet)
Subtests:

25 Listening
25 Speaking

IELTS -
6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses.

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Summer February 15 February 15
Tuition & Funding

The Certificate – Teacher Leader is offered through Outreach College and UHM regular day school. For the most current information, always refer to the Graduate Division website, UHM regular Tuition & Fees or UHM Outreach College Tuition & Fees.

Financial assistance may be found at:

Delivery & Format

The Literacy Leader Graduate Certificate pathway is conducted totally online with some courses offered synchronously (where everyone is online at the same time), asynchronously (where work is done on your own time), or some combination of the two. Candidates will also be invited to attend a face-to-face weekend orientation at UHM in April prior to beginning the program and a capstone orientation at the end of the of the program. Cohorts begin annually during Summer. Each cohort runs for one year and will span two summer terms and two academic semesters (i.e., Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer).

Coursework

The Literacy Leader Graduate Certificate is a 18-credit graduate program consisting of the following:

  • 6 Literacy courses (18-credits)
    • EDCS 605: Literacy Coaching and Leadership (3)
    • EDCS 607: New Literacies Leadership (3)
    • EDCS 647: Classroom and School Literacy Assessment (3)
    • SPED 637: Fundamentals of Language & Literacy (3)
    • SPED 638: Advanced Fundamentals of Language & Literacy (3)
    • SPED 639: Topics and Issues in Reading Disabilities (3)

Note: Requirements for each School Level and Track are found in the MEd-CS Handbook 1: Prospective and New Students.

Advising & Faculty

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

Program Coordinator
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Amanda Smith

Assistant Professor

(808) 956-3977