The Literacy Coach Certificate is also referred to as the Partners in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) program.
The Partners in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) is a research-based companion program to the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM). PCL is a systemic school improvement model based on the principles of apprenticeship learning. Inherent to the model is the coaching and mentoring feature. The series of courses for Literacy Coach Certificate are designed to prepare individuals for supporting accountability with a school-wide assessment system using multiple ways for evaluating student achievement; providing embedded professional development for teachers; assisting with the development of a well-designed school-wide literacy plan; and with assisting teachers to expand their knowledge and expertise particularly in providing differentiated classroom instruction.
With the growing need to support classroom teachers serving diverse populations, there is an increased demand for embedded professional development as well as coaching and mentoring within school settings. Thus the demand for school-based literacy coaches has increased over the past few years. Also, teachers serving as literacy coaches desire to further develop their knowledge and expertise to increase their effectiveness as an instructional facilitator/coach.
The certificate program focuses on specialized coursework for preparing teachers to serve as highly qualified teachers/coaches equipped to collaborate across classrooms, with school administrators, parents and community representatives in order to improve student achievement.
The Literacy Coach/Instructional Facilitator certificate program is an 18-hour program of study designed for students who already have a master’s degree or a minimum of 9 hours of appropriate reading coursework, and are seeking specialized training as an Instructional Facilitator/Literacy Coach. The training is restricted to candidates employed as a literacy coach in a school setting.
Program of Study
Theory and Research (6 hours)
ECE 7980 Theory and Practice in Literacy (3) or EDRD 7600 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Reading (3)
ECE 7964 Comprehensive Literacy Model for School Improvement(3)
Practicum/Field Experiences (9 hours)
ECE 7981 Supervision and Organization of Reading Programs (3) or EDRD 8610 Supervision of School Literacy Programs (3)
ECE 7982 Professional Experiences in Reading (3) or EDCI 7660 Practicum I (3)
ECE 7983 Literacy Coaches as Agents of Change (3)
Curriculum Framework (3 hours)
ECE 7984 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
The admission requirements for the Literacy Coach Certificate program follow the same standards for admission to a non-degree graduate program. A Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade point average of no less than 2.50 (4.0 scale). In addition, the candidate must have a valid teaching license (Georgia or other state); a master’s degree or a minimum of 9 hours of appropriate reading coursework; and be employed as a literacy coach in a school setting.
Graduate Tuition per credit hour: In-State $320.00; Out-of-State $1200.00
Undergraduate Tuition per credit hour: In-State $242.74; Out-of-State $849.74
Mandatory Student Fees per term: $1064.00
Books and Supplies per term: $500.00
Room and Board per term: $4613.00
*All figures are estimates only and subject to change without notice.
The Literacy Coach Certificate is recognized in the following occupations.
Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers (SOC 25-2010)
Elementary and Middle School Teachers (SOC 25-2020)
Secondary School Teachers (SOC 25-2030)
You can find additional information on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) and occupational profiles on teaching professions at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net web sites: http://www.bls.gov/soc/ and http://www.onetcenter.org/.