SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
The Adolescent Literacy Certificate is specifically designed to help licensed teachers develop the skills necessary to reach middle and high school student readers and writers, especially those struggling academically.
The School of Education & Human Development and the Adolescent Literacy Certificate emphasize the importance of teachers as scholars and reflective practitioners. In particular, teachers must understand how linguistic and cultural diversity affect their teaching.
Two themes run throughout all literacy program offerings. The first concerns the importance of recognizing a variety of literacies-“home” literacies, school literacy, “mainstream” literacy, first and second language literacies-and to develop teaching practices that utilize an understanding of the complexity of literacy development across language contexts.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus.
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The certificate consists of three courses, totaling 9 credit hours, and may be earned in one year. All courses are three graduate credit hours.
All credits may be applied toward the degree with an emphasis in Reading and Writing as well as the CU Reading Teacher Endorsement. Additional courses and applications are required for both programs.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student.
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
Graduates with an Adolescent Literacy Certificate have a very wide range of career opportunities available to them.
This program is a credentialed program meeting the Colorado Department of Education requirements for the reading teacher endorsement. Please note that the Colorado Department of Education also requires 2 years of post-licensing teaching experience and a passing score on the Reading Teacher PLACE exam for the application for the reading teacher endorsement after graduation from the Reading and Writing program.
Teachers may add a reading teacher endorsement to an already-earned master’s degree in education by taking those courses listed under the chosen endorsement level. (In the state of Colorado, the reading teacher endorsement cannot simply be added to a bachelor’s degree.
|LCRT 5028: Developing Strategic Readers, Gr 4-12|
Focuses on supporting adolescents' developing literacy understandings especially related to vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and student engagement across all content areas in the upper elementary grades through high school. Importance is placed on putting new teaching practices in place.
|LCRT 5029: Developing 21st C Literacy Curriculum|
Focuses on adolescents' developing literacy understandings across all content areas upper elementary grades through high school. Attention is given to comprehension and critical thinking including assessment, unit planning, problem-based learning, research cycles, technology, and putting new teaching practices into place.
|LCRT 5055: Literacy Assessment & Informed Instruction|
Focuses on reading, writing, and language assessments and their use to plan and deliver informed classroom and intervention instruction. Principles of literacy assessment, state and federal law, instructional strategies and interventions are learned through creation of student literacy profiles. Needs of both L1 and L2 learners as well as other diverse learners are considered.