Literacy Teaching and Learning, AGC

I entered the University at Buffalo’s Advanced Certificate program for Literacy Teaching and Learning because I had already earned my Master’s Degree in childhood education, but I wanted to become more skilled in being a literacy teacher. After two short years in the program (attending part-time), I had gained a better understanding of what it means to be a literacy teacher, but more importantly, I learned how to apply those learned skills in an educational setting. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has already earned his/her Master’s degree in education and is looking to further his/her professional development for the purpose of becoming a stronger teacher!

Jennifer Hejmanowski
Certificate of Advanced Studies in Literacy Teaching and Learning
Class of Fall 2014

Who is this for?

Our advanced graduate certificate (AGC) in literacy teaching and learning is designed for teachers who have already been certified to teach in the areas of early childhood, childhood, adolescence, or related educational areas (e.g. teaching English language learners; special education; etc.) or educational professionals who desire more experience in foundations of literacy learning and teaching.

This program does not lead to a recommendation for a teacher certificate in literacy. If you are interested in a teacher certificate in literacy, we offer an Ed.M. degree program in literacy specialist. Or, if you already hold an advanced degree, you might be eligible for a teacher certificate in literacy by applying via the Individual Evaluation pathway (for information about this pathway, contact the certification officer at your local BOCES or the Office of Teaching Initiatives within the New York State Education Department).

Why Literacy Teaching and Learning?

Recent changes in prevailing educational policy have:

  • Spurred the need for all K-12 classroom teachers to increase their knowledge base related to literacy;
  • Fostered renewed interest among administrators, curriculum developers, content area teachers, and technology specialists in literacy teaching and learning;
  • Intensified concerns about literacy teaching and learning for students of diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Required Literacy Specialists to take on roles and literacy teaching and learning by responsibilities beyond servicing struggling readers to
    • provide professional development
    • design research evaluations of literacy programs
    • disseminate current research, liaise with administrators
    • write grants

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