Literacy Studies Certificate

Shippensburg University's Literacy Studies Certificate program is fully online and allows working teachers to finish in one to two years.

What Will I Learn?

As a working teacher, this certificate enables you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, skills and dispositions toward teaching diverse students in elementary and mid-level classrooms. You'll also learn to build students' comprehension, writing and overall skills in language arts.

What are the requirements for this degree?

For admission to the program, an applicant must:

  • Have Bachelor of Science degree with teacher certification in early childhood, elementary, middle level or secondary level, with either an Instructional I or Instructional II status or seeking Instructional II certification. The bachelor's degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Demonstrate a minimum 3.0 GPA.

This 15-credit program requires you to complete five courses worth three credits each.

The Graduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

The literacy studies certificate includes standards for PK-8 classroom teachers from the International Literacy Association, the National Council of Teachers of English and the Common Core State Standards. Through this program you will be able to:

  • Enhance literacy-related knowledge and skills for comprehensive planning and incorporation of instructional practices in PK-4, middle or elementary schools (4-8 levels)
  • Implement systematic and purposeful digital instruction in literacy instruction in PK-4, middle or elementary schools (4-8 levels)
  • Meet the demands of high stake literacy outcomes and testing in public and private schools
  • Specialize in literacy development and instruction without earning a reading specialist certification

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

You can complete this online program in one to two years depending on your schedule. Each course spans a 10-week semester, including an adjusted timeline for the traditional summer terms. The program has a fall and spring break.