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In recognition of the significant impact that illiteracy has on a person’s access to education, economic opportunity, and even social life, you may be looking for ways to better help students who struggle with reading. Concordia’s Transformative Practices in Reading certificate will strengthen and hone your ability to teach reading in general education classrooms, providing much-needed support which may benefit students through their entire life. Offering additional tools for effective reading practices, the coursework provides a deeper research-based understanding of the key components of effective reading instruction and assessment, both formal and informal. In less than eight months this online graduate certificate program can enhance your instructional skills as a schoolwide reading leader and literary coach.
Please note that completing this certificate program does not lead to state certification or licensure. In some cases, coursework may apply toward the renewal of a teacher’s license.
This course discusses the reading process and the factors that influence its development, the role of assessment to inform and adapt literacy instruction, the evaluation and use of formal and informal assessment tools for individual learners and groups of students, and the interpretation and communication of assessment results.
Note: Prior completion of MAT 563 Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and Language Arts is an approved substitute for EDRD 551 if taken within the last five years.
Reading professionals will build on foundational skills in instruction of comprehension and engagement, utilizing various genres of young adult and children’s literature PreK through grade 12. Current issues and trends in young adult and children’s literature will also be examined.
This course explores the theoretical and knowledge bases of reading, including literacy acquisition and the construction of meaning, and provides practical classroom applications and instructional practices.
This course discusses current areas of concern and best practices in instruction being researched in the field of literacy. Students will collaborate with their peers, sharing information on special issues and reading researchers.
The course is designed to increase understanding of the organization and management of school literacy program development, the roles and responsibilities of the literacy coach, and program evaluation and improvement. The course will explore the major components of a school-wide literacy program, and ask candidates to step outside of the classroom and assume a new role as a scholarly, principled instructional leader who integrates the district's vision through a standard-based literacy program.
Please note that completing this certificate program does not lead to state certification or licensure. This certificate is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.