Program Information

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy Teaching and Learning will require a minimum of 15-credit hours. A requirement of four “core” courses and one elective, consisting of 3-credit hours each, are required.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy Teaching and Learning Coursework

  • LAI 556 Classroom Assessment & Instruction (LAI 550 & LAI 551 prerequisites)
  • LAI 557 Clinical Literacy Assessment and Instruction (LAI 556 prerequisite)
  • LAI 558 Clinic-Based Practicum in Teaching Literacy(LAI 557 prerequisite)
    (A pre-approved elective may be substituted for LAI 558)
  • LAI 559 School-Based Practicum in Teaching Literacy (LAI 557 prerequisite) (A pre-approved elective may be substituted for LAI 559)
  • Elective

Example Course of Study Option A

  • LAI 551 Childhood Literacy Methods (elective)
  • LAI 556 Classroom Assessment & Instruction (LAI 550 & LAI 551 prerequisites)
  • LAI 557 Clinical Literacy Assessment and Instruction (LAI 556 prerequisite)
  • LAI 558 Clinic-Based Practicum in Teaching Literacy (LAI 557 prerequisite)
  • LAI 559 School-Based Practicum in Teaching Literacy (LAI 557 prerequisite)

Example Course of Study Option B

  • LAI 550 Literacy Acquisition and Instruction, PreK-Primary (elective)
  • LAI 551 Childhood Literacy Methods [Approved Substitution]
  • LAI 576 Literacy and Technology [Approved Substitution] (must meet prerequisites)
  • LAI 556 Classroom Assessment & Instruction (LAI 550 & LAI 551 prerequisites)
  • LAI 557 Clinical Literacy Assessment and Instruction (LAI 556 prerequisite)

Core Course Descriptions

LAI 556 Classroom Assessment & Instruction
Examines the nature of the reading process and reading problems, formal and informal assessment and identification of students with reading/writing problems, instructional strategies to improve literacy abilities. (Pre-requisite course work or equivalent in early childhood literacy (LAI 550) and childhood literacy methods (LAI 551) is required).

LAI 557 Clinical Literacy Assessment and Instruction
Identification and treatment of severe reading-learning problems; practice in assessing severe reading problems; case study of severe reading problems.

LAI 558 Clinic-Based Practicum in Teaching Literacy
Supervised clinical experience in the assessment and teaching of students with reading/writing problems; assessment, planning, and implementing an instructional program for two students with reading/writing problems; clinic lectures, staff meetings, and related responsibilities as a student member of the Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction.

LAI 559 School-Based Practicum in Teaching Literacy
Supervised classroom-based experience in assessing and teaching students with reading/writing problems; assessment, planning, and implementing instruction for individuals and small groups of struggling readers/writers; collaborative assessment, planning, and teaching; clinical seminars; communication of results of assessment and teaching through case study reports. (Offered Summer Only)

Designated Elective Course Offerings

Literacy faculty will meet with individuals to select one additional course that fits individual student needs and experiences. Listed below are designated elective course offerings with descriptions that may be chosen to complete the total 15-credit hour requirement.

LAI 539 Strategic Teaching Strategic Reading Processes
Theories, research, and methods relevant to teaching students strategies for becoming self-regulated readers who use strategies flexibly. Strategic processes in comprehension, word identification, critical thinking, and analysis will be examined as will the role of the teacher as a model and mediator of such processes in a variety of reading contexts. (prerequisites LAI 551)

LAI 550 Literacy Acquisition and Instruction, PreK-Primary
Reviews typical developmental progressions in the acquisition of oral language and print literacy in early childhood, including the sociocultural, cognitive, and motivational influences on literacy acquisition. Also includes a focus on developmentally appropriate instruction and assessment techniques, with an emphasis on observation of children engaged in authentic literacy activities.

LAI 551 Childhood Literacy Methods
Instructional theory and practice focusing on teaching, reading and writing in Grades 1-6 emphasizing: teaching literacy with literature; teaching literacy from reader response, critical, and interactive perspectives; and integrating instruction across content areas. Topics dealing with techniques for improving comprehension and word identification, creating a literate environment, creating interest and motivation, and creating authentic forms of assessment and evaluation as part of ongoing instruction are explored.

LAI 552 Middle Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Methods
Instructional theory and practice focusing on literacy in Grades 5-12 emphasizing building literacy in the content areas. Topics dealing with techniques for creating interest and motivation for literacy, study strategies, strategies for building comprehension, constructing meaning, and assessing students’ literacy performance are explored.

LAI 560 Language Arts Methods
Theories and instructional practice related to reading and writing the language arts across multiple genres. Orthographic development and writing assessment and development.

LAI 563 Language, Literacy and Culture
The role of society and culture in language and literacy learning; the impact of society and culture in the literacy classroom; the impact of society and culture on curriculum, methods, and definitions of achievement.

LAI 565 Children’s Literature
Beyond the pedagogical value of learning to read, children’s literature is a significant cultural artifact, one that has “power to celebrate, perpetuate, interrogate, subvert, expose, and even openly defy cherished myths and deeply entrenched ideological assumptions” (Butler, Dillard, & Keyser, 1996). In this course we examine historical and contemporary literature for children in order to identify not only the traditional elements of literature and illustrations, but to identify as well the myths and ideological assumptions of authors and illustrators. Topics include: the definition and depiction of families, multicultural selections, gender roles, expository text, and visual literacy.

LAI 576 Literacy and Technology
Examines the connection between technology and the teaching of literacy; integration of technology into literacy curriculum. Covers theories, implications, and applications for new literacies in classrooms. Students will create and compose projects with technology as integrated into multimodal literacy practices.

LAI 580 Literature for Young Adults
The purpose of Literature for Young Adults is to read, study, and respond to a variety of literature for young adults in a variety of ways. Genres studied include historical fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, autobiography/memoir, short stories, science fiction, and fantasy. Multicultural literature is also studied to examine critical literacy, as well as sociocultural/sociohistorical, stereotypes, and gender. Censorship concerns, issues, and queries, and the influence challenged, banned, or censored books have on pedagogy and learning is examined.

LAI 651 Research Seminar in Reading
Primarily for advanced students. Focus on reading related research. Area of concentration within reading will vary. (prerequisites vary)

LAI 652 Practicum in the Supervision of Reading Instruction
Supervision of clinicians enrolled in LAI 558 or LAI 559. By Invitation Only.
Primarily for advanced students; topics vary; areas of special concern in reading such as reader engagement, motivation, authentic assessment, performance-based assessment, social construction of literacy, literature-based instruction, integrated instruction, national and international assessment of literacy; literacy and diversity, Literacy Coaching. (prerequisites vary)