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Adolescent Literacy Certificate

Adolescent Literacy Certificate

Adolescent Literacy Certificate

The Adolescent Literacy Certificate is specifically designed to help licensed teachers develop the skills necessary to reach middle and high school student readers and writers, especially those struggling academically. The online classes are thoughtfully designed for teachers of all content areas, including those teaching reading at the secondary level. This series of courses uses online resources, proven textbooks, and a collaborative online community to help teachers learn, implement, and reflect on their own teaching practice.

Certificate Structure

Each course stands alone; you may want to take one class or all three. The certificate consists of three courses, totaling 9 credit hours, and may be earned in one year. While the preferred sequence is listed in the table below, students may start with LCRT 5055. However, students may not start the certificate with LCRT 5029.

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All courses are three graduate credit hours. Tuition is $359.50/credit, plus student fees of $10/credit, plus $100 online course fee, for a total of $1,208.50/course.​​

Related Degree Programs

MA Curriculum and Instruction

All credits may be applied toward the degree with an emphasis in Reading and Writing as well as the CU Reading Teacher Endorsement. Additional courses and applications are required for both programs.

Courses Term Offered
LCRT 5028: Developing Strategic Readers, Gr 4-12
Focuses on supporting adolescents' developing literacy understandings especially related to vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and student engagement across all content areas in the upper elementary grades through high school.  Importance is placed on putting new teaching practices in place.
LCRT 5029: Developing 21st C Literacy Curriculum
Focuses on adolescents' developing literacy understandings across all content areas upper elementary grades through high school.  Attention is given to comprehension and critical thinking including assessment, unit planning, problem-based learning, research cycles, technology, and putting new teaching practices into place. 
May not begin program in spring term.
LCRT 5055: Literacy Assessment & Informed Instruction
Focuses on reading, writing, and language assessments and their use to plan and deliver informed classroom and intervention instruction.  Principles of literacy assessment, state and federal law, instructional strategies and interventions are learned through creation of student literacy profiles.  Needs of both L1 and L2 learners as well as other diverse learners are considered. 

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