Response to Intervention: Reading (Certificate)


Response to Intervention: Reading, Cert

On Campus 13 - 15 cr

This certificate program offers practicing teachers the opportunity to increase their understanding and expertise in effective literacy interventions for grades K-12.


Response to intervention in reading is an instructional approach that provides focused instruction in small groups to meet the identified learning needs of students who struggle with literacy tasks. The goal of this certificate is to provide teachers with a professional development opportunity to have a more central role in the reading and writing intervention processes throughout the school curriculum. Certificate courses may be applied toward the completion of a master's degree program.

Required Courses
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
TEAC 811A Teaching Reading 3
TEAC 841 Content Area Reading, Grades 4-12 3
TEAC 802 Contemporary Children's Literature: Principles and Practices 3
or TEAC 839 Literature for Adolescents 3
Choose two courses (6-7 credits); at least one of the two elective courses must be a TEAC course.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
TEAC 806 and TEAC 806A Reading and Writing Disabilities: Adolescents (and) Reading Center Practicum II
(Must be taken together)
TEAC 811 Reading Processes and Practices (other than Response to Intervention) 3
TEAC 817 Emerging Reading and Language 3
TEAC 836A Professional Development: Literacy Coaching 3
TEAC 838 Linguistics in Language and Learning Contexts 3
TEAC 854 Multiethnic Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
TEAC 886 Assessment, Evaluation, and Instruction of At-Risk Readers (specific section must be approved for inclusion by the advisory committee) 3
SPED 886A Special Topics in Literacy Assessment 3

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Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in the Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education program
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Fit between applicant's goals and interests and the goals of the certificate

Admission Deadlines

February 1st (summer or fall admission) or October 1st (spring admission)

NOTE: When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

Graduate Chair

Jenelle Reeves

Certificate Advisor

Guy Trainin

Support Staff

Kate Rask

Tuition & Fees

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