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College of Education

Celeste C. (CC) Bates

Professor, Literacy Education; Director of the Clemson University Early Literacy Center for South Carolina

Office: 400 Gantt Circle
Phone: 864-656-4506
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ph.D. Language and Literacy
Georgia State University 2003

M.A.T. Early Childhood
University of South Carolina 1993

B.A. Media Arts
University of South Carolina 1991


Dr. Bates is a Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Education and Human Development. Her research agenda focuses on the use of digital tools to enhance and deliver professional development for reading interventionists and K-2 classroom teachers, which stems from her ongoing inquiry into the teaching of children who are having difficulty learning to read and write. Since 2009, Dr. Bates has served as the Director of the Clemson University Early Literacy Center.
Selected accomplishments:
• $10,968,614 in federal and state funding.
• 50+ scholarly publications including peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters, and technical reports.
• Developed the Record of Reading, an iOS app for oral reading assessment. The app was the result of an interdisciplinary partnership with Computer Science faculty and students and has been downloaded over 435,000 times.
• Developed a Virtual Professional Learning Library (VPLL) for K-2 Classroom Teachers as part of an interdisciplinary partnership with the Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies. In the last two years the VPLL has had over 1.3 million page views, 271,000 users, and has been accessed in 200 countries.
• Inaugural Awardee – University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award; Board of Trustees' Award of Excellence; College of Education Research of the Year; Professor of the Game

Courses Taught

EDLT 9370
EDLT 9380
EDLT 8860
EDLT 8870
EDLT 8840
EDLT 8850

Research Interests

Technological innovations to support professional development
Reading and writing difficulties
Differentiated reading instruction in the primary grades