Graduate Certificate Program Summary
The graduate certificate in Early Literacy will offer a route for graduate students who are practicing teachers to organize their coursework in an area of need in their schools. Effective early literacy instruction has been a focus of educational reform since the first reports about Head Start programs in the early 1970s. This certificate will help graduate students to structure a master's degree in a purposeful manner. The certificate program will offer 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.
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission for a graduate certificate objective
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts confirming eligibility for graduate-level study, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status
See also: steps to admission.
Required by the department for this certificate
After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:
- 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 deadlineRolling 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:
Elective: 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
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