Family Literacy

Program Director: Dr. Barbara O’Byrne
Graduate School of Education and Professional Development





Program Overview:
The Graduate Certificate in Family Literacy requires 12 hours of course credit.

Program Highlights:

  • The Certificate combines theory, research, and practical applications to enhance content knowledge and techniques of delivering instruction through the use of hands-on discovery/inquiry teaching.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:

  • Student pursuing the graduate certificate in Family Literacy are eligible for federal financial aid providing they takes at least 4.5 hours (1/2 time enrollment) in a semester.
  • Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.
Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders Standard Occupation Code
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 25-2021
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education 25-2022
Vocational Education Teachers, Middle School 25-2023


Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters

Curriculum:  4 courses | 12 credits Credits
CIRG 653 Literacy Acquisition
CIRG 651 Principles of Family Literacy
CIRG 652 Implementing and Evaluating a Family Literacy Program
CI 634 Language and Cognition in Early Childhood


Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $500

Information about Students who have Completed the Certificate-Only Program in the Most Recent Full Year (December 2010-August 2011):
NOTE: On-Time Completion Rate is the percentage of students who graduated between December 2010-August 2011, who completed this program in the normal completion time.

  • Number of certificate-only students enrolled: none
  • Number of certificate-only students completing: N/A
  • On-Time Completion Rate: N/A
  • Job Placement Rate: N/A
  • Median Loan Debt: N/A

Certificate Application Essentials
How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Family Literacy Certificate on the application form.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Students can pursue the graduate certificate while enrolled in the master’s program in Elementary Education by submitting a Secondary Program Request form:
  • Applicants must hold a valid K-6 or K-8 professional license.

Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester); May 1 (Summer)<