Early Literacy

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


Early literacy instruction in the school and community is an area of national emphasis. Effective early literacy instruction has been a focus of educational reform since the first reports about Head Start programs in the early 1970s, and many universities and P-12 school districts are developing programs to enhance Early Literacy instruction.

This Early Literacy graduate certificate can provide:

  • A pathway for gaining expertise for new educators, those who wish to change their focus, and those who want to gain greater expertise in this area
  • A route for graduate students who are practicing teachers to organize their coursework in an area of need in their schools
  • Help for graduate students to structure a master's degree in a purposeful manner
  • Professional recognition of expertise for teachers who are or want to be engaged in Early Literacy instruction in schools and community settings

Additionally, students who complete the Early Literacy Certificate Program will be well on their way to completing a Nebraska Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade Reading Specialist Endorsement, should they wish to also pursue that designation.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.


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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • Must be enrolled in the Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education program
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Fit between applicant's goals/interests and the goals of the certificate
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
Rolling admission, contact department for more information.


Successful completion of the sequenced course work will be required, with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 required. The graduate certificate program is 15 credit hours.


  • TEAC 802: Children's Literature (3 credits)
  • TEAC 854: Multicultural Literature (3 credits)
  • TEAC 817: Emerging and Early Reading
  • Select one of the following two courses:


Choose two (6 credits):

  • CYAF 874: Assessment in Early Childhood
  • PSYC 889: Child Behavior and Development
  • TEAC 811: Reading Practices and Processes
  • TEAC 836A: Professional Development in Education: Literacy Coaching
  • TEAC 890: Workshop in Education (specific section must be approved for inclusion by the advisory committee)
  • SLPA 887: Language and Learning Disorders
  • SPED 802: Assessment
  • SPED 805: Code Based Reading
  • SPED 815/815A: Reading and Writing Disabilities: Elementary Students
  • SPED 890: Language Development for Teachers

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Jason Cruise.