What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 18 semester hours or one academic year

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Literacy Coach, Graduate Certificate

Our literacy coach certificate addresses 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 in school settings. The demand for school-based literacy coaches has increased over the past few years.

The certificate program focuses on specialized coursework to prepare teachers to serve as highly qualified teacher/coaches equipped to collaborate across classrooms, with school administrators, parents and community representatives to improve student achievement.

The Literacy Coach/Instructional Facilitator certificate program is an 18-hour program of study for students who already have a master’s degree or a minimum of nine hours of appropriate reading coursework. This training is restricted to those already employed as a literacy coach in a school setting.

Literacy Coach, Graduate Certificate

Our literacy coach certificate addresses 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 in school settings. The demand for school-based literacy coaches has increased over the past few years.

The certificate program focuses on specialized coursework to prepare teachers to serve as highly qualified teacher/coaches equipped to collaborate across classrooms, with school administrators, parents and community representatives to improve student achievement.

The Literacy Coach/Instructional Facilitator certificate program is an 18-hour program of study for students who already have a master’s degree or a minimum of nine hours of appropriate reading coursework. This training is restricted to those already employed as a literacy coach in a school setting.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 18 semester hours or one academic year

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Careers

The series of courses for the Literacy Coach Certificate prepare you 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 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 in school settings. The demand for school-based literacy coaches has increased over the past few years. Teachers serving as literacy coaches seek to further develop their knowledge and expertise to increase their effectiveness as instructional facilitators/coaches.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must be employed as a literacy coach in a school setting. Contact the program director, Dr. Sue Duncan (404-413-8024; sduncan4@gsu.edu) before applying.

When applying to the Literacy Coach, Graduate Certificate program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Proof that you have a valid teaching license in Georgia or another state
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

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 Literacy (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 Professional Learning and Leadership of Literacy (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

Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

non-degree

Graduate Certificate

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr. Sue Duncan
sduncan4@gsu.edu
404-413-8024

Early Childhood and Elementary Education
ecemail@gsu.edu
404-413-8020

Mailing Address & Office Location
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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