Build your students’ literacy and language skills across all elements of instruction.

This graduate certificate focuses on building teacher expertise in the systematic observation and assessment of reading, writing, and language behaviors, and using responsive teaching that incorporates whole group, small group, and individual teaching to differentiate instruction for all students in the literacy classroom. Teachers will use the descriptions of language and literacy development listed in The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition: A Tool for Assessment, Planning, and Teaching, PreK-8 to assess students, plan for instruction, and to build their own understandings of a theory of literacy learning based on reading, writing, and talking as complex thinking processes. The systematic focus on building an integrated approach to teaching all aspects of literacy across several contexts in the classroom will contribute to students’ agency as literacy learners and foster a community of learners who value intellectual inquiry and collaborative learning. This certificate program may be used as a specialization to fulfill some of the requirements for the M.Ed. Individually Designed Program for Educators.

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  • Maintain your current work and personal schedule by studying online.
  • Benefit from one-on-one academic advising.


You’ll be prepared to advance students’ education through literacy and language.

Program of Study

Graduate Academic Catalog

Course Type Credits
EEDUC 6165 Linking Assessment to Teaching: Reading, Writing, and Word Study (K-8) 3
EEDUC 6169 Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Texts (K-8) 3
EEDUC 6047 Guided Reading in a Comprehensive Early Literacy Program (K-2) 3
EEDUC 6180 Intentional Teaching in a Readers’ Workshop (K-2) 3
EEDUC 6176 Intentional Teaching in a Writers’ Workshop (K-2) 3
EEDUC 6039 Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom (K-3) 3
EEDUC 6045 Guided Reading: Differentiating Literacy Instruction (3-8) 3
EEDUC 6168 Intentional Teaching in a Readers’ Workshop (3-8) 3
EEDUC 6185 Intentional Teaching in a Writers’ Workshop (3-8) 3
EEDUC 6049 Word Study: Teaching Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (3-8) 3


Tuition is $625 per credit hour.

Admission Requirements

You’ll need:

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • A personal statement
  • A résumé
  • If you are pursuing a graduate certificate for professional licensure or endorsement in Massachusetts, you will need to submit your bachelor’s and master’s transcripts with a copy of your initial license.

We’ll help you get started by gathering your transcripts for you — and we’ll even pay any fees to get copies for you.

Licensure Details

This online program does not lead to licensure. It is designed for participants teaching in a classroom or having access to students in order to successfully complete the coursework. This program includes whole groups, small groups, and individual teaching with elements of literacy workshops and has a strong focus on using systematic assessment to inform instruction at all levels.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and pursuing Massachusetts initial licensure, please contact our Office of Graduate Admissions at

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