Graduate Certificate in Literacy Education

Graduate Certificate

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

Program Highlights:

The Literacy Education Certificate is intended for educators who hold an initial teaching license and wish to become highly qualified teachers of reading. It consists of six courses, with embedded field experiences, and leads to a reading endorsement at either the elementary or secondary level.

Plan of Study

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters (12 months to 1.5 years)

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in education from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • A valid teaching license.
Curriculum: 6 Courses  18 Credits
Choose 5 Courses Credits
CIRG 636 Developmental Reading 3
CIRG 653 Literacy Acquisition 3
CIRG 644 Content Literacy 3
CIRG 615 Writing in the Literacy Curriculum 3
CIRG 622 The Use of Technology for Literacy Instruction 3
CIRG 637 Literacy Assessment 3
A series of performance assessments completed as candidates move through the program.


Certificate Application Essentials:

How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Professional Development student and select the Literacy Education Certificate on the application form.
  • Students can pursue the graduate certificate while enrolled in the master’s program in Elementary or Secondary Education by submitting a Secondary Program Request form. There is no application fee.

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