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School of Education and Human Development

Early Literacy Certificate

Early Literacy Certificate

Early Literacy Certificate 

This online certificate offers primary grade teachers, preschool teachers and para-educators greater background in the development, assessment and instruction of literacy for young children, native speakers of English and English language learners. Administrators and intermediate-grade teachers have also found this program to be a great way to solidify their understandings of initial literacy development to help them best meet the needs of struggling learners in the upper grades.

Certificate Structure

This certificate totals 9 credit hours in the specialty area of early literacy. Courses may be taken in any order and the certificate may be completed in one year. Courses may also be applied toward a CU Reading Teacher Endorsement. Additional courses and applications are required for both programs.

Certificate Format



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 directly to this degree with an emphasis in Reading and Writing

Courses Term Offered
LCRT 5210: Literacy Development PreK-3rd Grade
Teachers will examine the natural development of native English language and literacy, and developmental considerations for young English language learners.
LCRT 5220: Early Literacy Routines and Assessment
This course will focus on the routines and practices which allow for         student-specific instruction and assessment in the early literacy classroom, including how to build on the backgrounds of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
LCRT 5230: Early Literacy Instruction
Teachers will examine various models of early literacy instruction, analyzing tasks, materials, instructional techniques, strategies and structures to help students make appropriate (and sometimes accelerated) growth. Attention will be given to instruction for English language learners.

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