Graduate Certificate in Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings
The Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate is an 18 credit hour graduate certificate designed for students who want to increase their skill levels in providing research-based literacy instruction, particularly at the post-secondary level, but do not hold teacher certification.
The main objective of the Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate is to provide those who teach outside P-12 settings, particularly in community college, technical college, and adult education institutions, with advanced courses in literacy.
This certificate aligns with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation guidelines as it provides those who currently teach or desire to teach reading classes18 hours of post-secondary literacy education coursework.
Applicants to the Online Graduate Certificate in Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings first need to be admitted to the Graduate School.
The first step is to complete the online graduate application.
- Select "Apply First Time Graduate & Transfer" if you have not taken graduate courses at WKU before. Select "Apply for Graduate Readmission" only if you have previously taken WKU graduate courses.
In addition to the application, the following supporting materials are required:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of Professional Goals
- Applicants from non-English speaking countries must have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 paper score, 197 computer, 70 internet based is required.
All supporting materials should be mailed to:
Western Kentucky University
The Graduate School
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1010
Who should apply?
This certificate is appropriate for anyone interested in language development, reading instruction and evaluation of learning. It is designed to reach professionals who are not certified to teach, but would benefit professionally or personally from increasing their knowledge in the areas of language development, reading instruction and evaluation of learning. Professionals typically entering the program included instructors at community colleges, universities, technical schools, and adult education institutions.
Please note: Courses within the Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate are not appropriate for certified teachers and do not count toward the MAE-Literacy Education degree program.
All courses have been designed specifically for this program. There are no other graduate-level Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate programs offered at any of Kentucky's major public universities. We consider this offering to be a "just in time" certificate to fit instructors' needs based on current requirements and mandates.
LTCY 500: Fundamentals of Reading and Related Language Arts
LTCY 501: Reading and Writing for Learning
LTCY 502: Differentiating Literacy Instruction
LTCY 503: Assessment and Evaluation of Reading and Writing
LTCY 504: Strategy-Based Reading and Writing Intervention
LTCY 505: Job-Embedded Literacy Methods
For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.