Enhance literacy in the K-8 classroom.

Build your skills and knowledge in literacy for the K–8 classroom with the online Graduate Certificate in Literacy for the Classroom Teacher (K-8). Our program helps you integrate technology to enhance multiple literacies, integrate reading and writing in the classroom, and to use authentic literature to match readers and text. And you’ll study in a convenient, fully online environment with experienced faculty and engaged peers.

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


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Program of Study

Graduate Academic Catalog

Course Type Credits
EEDUC 6059 Literature and Learning in the K-8 Classroom
EEDUC 6001 The Teaching of Writing (K-12)
EEDUC 6101 Content Literacy
EECLD 6002 Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language 3
EECLD 6010 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Content Areas
EECLD 6001 Culturally Responsive Teaching

Faculty Spotlight

Mary Ann Cappiello

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Nancy Peterson

Adjunct Professor

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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. Please speak with an admissions counselor to verify which license is required for the professional license/endorsement you are seeking.

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

Completion of the Literacy for the Classroom Teacher (K-8) Online Graduate Certificate program will not provide an endorsement or teaching license through Lesley University. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with the licensure requirements for the state in which you seek to be licensed.

If you currently hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a Massachusetts initial teaching license in early childhood education, elementary education, middle school English or middle school humanities, you may be able to identify 12 credits within this program in the content or subject matter knowledge of your license to apply for a professional teaching license. It is your responsibility to review the content or subject matter knowledge of your license(s). For additional information, please visit our Certification Office’s website.

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

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