With this three-course certificate, educators learn effective strategies in teaching reading and spelling grounded in scientific theory and research. Educators will prepare to:
Learn to teach literacy effectively with this online certificate program.
This literacy certificate, featuring concepts developed by literacy expert Louisa Moats, Ed.D., prepares educators and English language arts (ELA) teachers with the foundational knowledge to nurture young readers, meet the challenges of different learning styles, and prepare for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Candidates learn effective strategies in teaching reading and spelling grounded in scientific theory and research. They will be prepared to apply the essential components of vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension to lesson plans, classroom instruction, and critical one-on-one interventions. All courses in this certificate program can be applied to a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at American College of Education.
- Design developmentally and culturally appropriate curricula and instructional units to improve equity and academic achievement for 21st century learners.
- Utilize academic standards to guide the selection of content and research-based instructional strategies to deliver the content.
- Engage in leadership opportunities, research, and participate professionally in ongoing learning.
- Utilize data-driven decision-making and integrated, differentiated instruction using appropriate technologies and tools to improve the achievement for all students.
- Apply in-depth knowledge of literacy development to design and implement curriculum and instruction to increase student reading levels.
- Develop research-based instructional strategies to deliver instruction in the five major components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
Each course in this certificate program carries 3 semester credits. Courses will be taken in order below:
||Foundations of Reading Instruction
||Literacy Instruction: Phonology, Phonics and Spelling
||Vocabulary, Fluency and Comprehension in Reading Instruction
Total for Certificate in Louisa Moats Literacy Instruction: 9 semester credits
LIT5713 Foundations of Reading Instruction
The first course in the Louisa Moats Literacy Instruction program is for educators who are beginning to implement the components and principles of reading instruction that is grounded in science-based reading research (SBRR). The interdependence of language, reading, and writing is emphasized as each of the five essential components of reading (phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) is explored. At the conclusion of this course, educators will be prepared to implement instructional programs grounded in reading research, use assessments that measure students' skills in the essential components, and adjust their teaching in accordance with diverse student needs.
LIT5723 Literacy Instruction: Phonology, Phonics and Spelling
The second course in the Louisa Moats Literacy Instruction program prepares educators to teach the foundational reading and language skills enumerated in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to teach students who are struggling with literacy acquisition within a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. The course combines the study of English language structure with information about research-based instruction. Techniques for teaching these structures in language are modeled and practiced.
LIT5733 Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension in Reading Instruction
The final course in the Louisa Moats Literacy Instruction program assists educators to understand and apply research-based information about three of the “essential components” of reading instruction: vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. It prepares educators to teach “close reading” of literary and informational text as enumerated in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to address additional Language Foundations standards beyond those addressed in CI573: Literacy Instruction: Phonology, Phonics, and Spelling.
||Tuition Per Credit
- Application fee: $50
- Technology and library fee: $10 per credit hour (for a total of $90)
- Program conferral fee: $100
2015 total program cost: $2,175. For more information, visit the tuition section.