This certificate is designed for educators who are interested in developing more effective literacy instruction for young adolescent learners. Students completing this certificate will gain a repertoire of strategies for providing literacy instruction that helps young adolescents become successful readers and writers in and out of the school setting. The graduate certificate of middle school literacy is designed to allow educators to explore and build on positive prior literacy experiences of young adults, develop a deep understanding of content and the rhetorical nature of literacy, and integrate all aspects of literacy in the middle school curriculum.
Students who want to pursue this certificate must receive approval and advisement from the coordinator. Those who want to earn the Middle School endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education should contact the certificate coordinator for further information.
Students must maintain good academic standing in the university, achieve a minimum grade of C in each certificate course, achieve a GPA of at least 3.00 in all certificate courses, and complete all certificate course work within six calendar years. Transfer hours will not be accepted from other institutions.