Transformative Practices in Reading Certificate Program

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.

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NEXT START DATE
September 2nd
MODALITIES
Online
Length 8 months
Credits 18 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit $697
Accreditation NWCCU
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100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your certificate in less than 8 months, one class at a time
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Transformative Practices in Reading Certificate Program Goals

Upon program completion, successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to:
Expertise in Assessment

Expertise in Assessment

Expertise in 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.

Instructional Skills

Instructional Skills

Effective instructional skills in the theoretical and knowledge bases of reading, including literacy acquisition, and the construction of meaning. Candidates will provide practical classroom applications and instructional practices in order to create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.

Diversity and Equity

Diversity and Equity

An understanding of literacy curriculum and engagement in instructional practices that positively impact students' knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity as well as implement strategies to advocate for equity.

Literacy Program Leadership

Literacy Program Leadership

The ability to assume a new role as a scholarly, principled instructional leader who integrates the district's vision through a standards-based literacy program.

Ability to Modify Instruction

Ability to Modify Instruction

The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results in the area of reading.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The Transformative Practices in Reading certificate program is an 18-credit hour non-licensure/non-endorsement program

Transformative Practices in Reading Certificate
18 credits

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.

This course examines the development of literacy skills in young children, ages 0-8. Topics include the reading/writing connection, use of trade books and thematic literature, and current research in the field of literacy development.

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.

Concordia offers several certificate programs with licensure and endorsement for those located in Oregon or Washington. See the options here.

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