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 OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee
- One set of transcripts uploaded to MyRED
- 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
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.
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