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Literacy Coaching Certificate

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The Literacy Coaching Certificate is a four-course (12 credit-hour) completely online program designed to provide teachers with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for effective literacy coaching in K-12 education, with a focus on foundations and assessment of literacy, implementing effective professional development, and incorporating digital technologies into literacy instruction. Successful candidates will provide needed leadership in the field of literacy. Current classroom teachers, holding a valid teaching license, are eligible to obtain a certificate in literacy coaching.

Requirements to enter the program include:

-A Bachelor's Degree in Education

Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 and an average of 3.0 in the major; (A student whose GPA does not meet this requirement may still be provisionally accepted pending the application but must make an A or A- in the first two required graduate-level reading courses to remain in the program.);

-A valid renewable teaching license in the state of Virginia (or from a state that has reciprocity with Virginia.)

Candidates seeking admission to the Literacy Coaching Certificate program can use the link for Non-Degree Admission below. If after finishing this certificate, the students applies and is accepted into the M.S. Ed. in Reading, two of the courses may be applied to this degree.

The Literacy Coaching Certificate consists of four courses:

Read 614 Foundations of Literacy Learning

READ 627 School-Wide Assessment and Professional Development

READ 628 New Literacies, Digital Technologies and Learning

And the last course in the program is

READ 685 Organizing and Supervising Reading Program Development

(It is required that you have taken three graduate-level reading courses before you take READ 685.)

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Abha Gupta


3000 Education Building

Norfolk, VA 23529



Course Overview

Graduate Catalog Available Online, Click Here

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