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Literacy Specialist Certificate

Earn a literacy specialist certificate

The Literacy Specialist Certificate program provides content in advanced principles in literacy—theory, assessment, curriculum development and research. Completion of the certificate allows K-12 teachers to meet the requirements for the Read to Succeed (R2S) Literacy Specialist advanced endorsement by the SC Department of Education. Literacy Specialist will have developed the essential leadership skills and knowledge to address literacy needs, not just in English language art courses, but across content areas of instruction. Student may submit their transcripts to the SC Department of Education following successful completion of the course of study. The Certificate is a fully asynchronous online graduate certificate.

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  • Program Goals

    After completing the Literacy Specialist Certificate, students will be able to:

    • Design a professional development school-wide program for teachers to improve literacy K-12 classrooms.
    • Apply current American educational curriculum theory to comprehensive literacy program development.
    • Apply design-based research project to evaluate and refine educational interventions and practices in literacy.
  • Admission Requirements

    Applying to the Program:

    The Literacy Specialist Certificate only admits students for a fall entrance term.

    Apply by submitting a Graduate School application.

    • On page one of the application, choose ‘Certificate’
    • On page four of the application, choose ‘Literacy Specialist Graduate Certificate (online)’

    The application fee for Certificate programs is $60. Fee waivers are not available.

    Application Deadline:

    The application deadline is August 1.

    Application Requirements:

    Applicants must:

    • Have obtained initial Teacher Certification
    • Have completed required prerequisite courses
      • EDLT 8100, EDLT 8120, EDLT 8130 or 8370, EDLT 8170 – The courses that comprise the Literacy Teacher Certificate
      • EDLT 8160 or 8240, EDLT 8190, EDLT 8200) – The courses that comprise the Literacy Coach Certificate
    • Submit a copy of their unofficial transcript(s), official transcript(s) will be required if upon acceptance, via the online application.
      • Transcript(s) should show evidence of prerequisite course completion
  • Program Requirements

    The Literacy Specialist Certificate requires the completion of the four courses listed below. All courses are three credit hours and are taught asynchronously online

    EDLT 8180 Organization, Administration and Supervision in Literacy
    Focuses on planning, organizing, implementing, supervising and administering school-wide, comprehensive literacy programs. Emphasis is given to development of school-wide literacy program evaluation, accountability, improvement and support.

    EDLT 8210 Practicum in Literacy Coaching
    Approaches to literacy coaching that develop the teacher’s knowledge, decision-making skills and reflection techniques are emphasized. Roles and responsibilities of a coach are enacted within classroom and school contexts. Mentoring is provided by a local school-based coach and university faculty.

    ED 9540 Curriculum Theory
    Main currents of curriculum theory in American education.

    EDF 9810 Design Based Research 
    Addresses the perspectives and frameworks for conducting design-based research toward refining educational interventions and practices.

  • Financial Information

    Tuition and Fees
    The Literacy Specialist Certificate is offered at our most economical tuition rate (tier five online) - approximately $499 per credit/$545 per credit hour with fees.

    South Carolina Teacher Incentive
    The Literacy Specialist Certificate offers a South Carolina Teacher Incentive reducing tuition by 10% for all South Carolina K-12 teachers/leaders.

    Financial Aid
    For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

    * Tuition and fees are subject to change. The information provided on this webpage is only an approximation.

  • Find Out More

    For more information about this program, please contact Alison Search at alisonp@clemson.edu.

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