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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

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: Adolescent Literacy Part I
Learn strategies of proficient adolescent readers and writers. Expand and deepen students' abilities to read nonfiction. Understand reading and writing processes. Model for students. Develop students' reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Integrate powerful reading and writing lessons into the teaching of content.
LCRT 5029: Adolescent Literacy Part II
Participate in individual teacher inquiry projects.  Use technology to support adolescent reading and writing.  Learn specific strategies to meet the needs of struggling adolescent readers and writers.  Match texts to readers.  Develop and tune units and reading programs to promote both content and literacy growth. 
May not begin program in spring term.
LCRT 5055: Linking Assessment & Instruction in Language & Literacy I
Understand adolescents' literacy histories. Assess reading and writing difficulties. Target learners' strengths and weaknesses to guide instruction. Use assessment to guide instruction. Develop assessment programs. Understand Individual Learning Plans and Colorado Basic Literacy Act or laws of other states. Develop rubrics. 

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