Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Reading for Elementary Educators

Offered By: College of Education
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 18
Online: 6 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

Enhance Literacy to Improve Educational Success

The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Reading for Elementary Educators is designed for current teaching professionals who want to improve the educational and literacy success of grade K–8 students. You will adopt various assessment tools, reading strategies and best practices to cultivate and enhance students’ reading abilities. To optimize student learning, you will learn to evaluate and plan curriculum and create a literate learning environment.

You will be required to submit a copy of a current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience. The program’s format and courses align with the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards.

Course instructors are field experts who share knowledge and experience for an in-depth curriculum of effective instruction, cognition, emergent literature, linguistics, phonics, literacy and assessments, as well as developmental and corrective reading processes. Course assignments guide you through observational and practice-based experiences. You have opportunities to apply concepts, theories and research. Access to an elementary classroom is required to complete the practicum course and program assignments.

Degree Outcomes

Make a Greater Impact on Student Learning

Upon completing this certificate program, you will have a deepened understanding of foundational theory and research, developmental learning and assessments and corrective reading assessment, along with instructional leadership and literacy coaching. Observational and practice-based experiences provide you with the preparation to effectively develop communication techniques and foster enhanced learning and writing to promote literacy.

What You Will Learn

Gain a Knowledge in Reading Strategies

Throughout the reading for elementary educators program, you will study these subjects:

  • Foundations in Language and Literacy: Survey the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction; learn about ethical and professional roles
  • Survey of Reading Assessments: Examine diverse assessment tools and similar practices to develop reading and writing instruction that maximizes student learning
  • Advanced Studies in Reading Assessment Systems: Engage in advanced studies of assessment systems for the development, selection and interpretation of data at the building and district levels; advanced studies support curriculum and instruction planning and evaluation
  • Literate Environments: Integrate foundational knowledge, curriculum materials and appropriate assessments, as well as instructional practices, approaches and methods, to cultivate a literate learning space
  • Professional Learning and Leadership in Literacy: Learn to demonstrate and facilitate professional learning and leadership to enhance literacy by identifying positive disposition, individual and collaborative learning, the value of advocacy and more
  • Introductory Instructional Methods for Elementary Reading and Writing: Support reading and writing by designing an integrated, comprehensive and balanced curriculum, as well as surveying instructional approaches and materials

Career Outcomes

Become an Elementary Reading Specialist

Potential career opportunities include reading specialist, literacy coach, elementary reading teacher, assistant professor, assistant professor of education, associate professor, associate professor of education, education professor, faculty member, instructor, lecturer, professor and professor of education.

Course List

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Major:
18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
18 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

Reading specialist/Literacy coach candidates survey the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction. This survey includes an exploration of historical through current reading and writing development, processes, and components. Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates are introduced to ethical and professional roles. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates survey a variety of assessment tools and related practices. This survey prepares the reading specialist/literacy coach to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction that optimizes student learning. In addition, the reading specialist/literacy coach candidates develop effective communication techniques. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-500.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates engage in advanced studies of assessment systems to develop, select and interpret data at the building and district level. This advanced study of assessment information is used to plan and evaluate curriculum and instruction at the building and district level. In addition, the reading specialist/literacy coach candidates communicate assessment results to a variety of audiences. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-510.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-515.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates survey professional learning and leadership models for promoting literacy. emphasizing positive dispositions, individual and collaborative learning, the ability to design and evaluate professional learning experiences, the importance of advocacy, and a need for knowledge about adult learning and school leadership. From this survey, reading specialist/literacy coach candidates demonstrate and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: REA-550.

Course Description

Reading specialist/literacy coach candidates survey instructional approaches and materials that support student learning in reading and writing. This survey prepares the reading specialist/literacy coach candidates to design an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.