Penn State Specialist Certificate:
Teaching Writing & Literacy

Join a community of educators from all content areas for Penn State Lehigh Valley's Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing & Literacy, a 15-credit postbaccalaureate program offered through the Lehigh Valley Writing Project. Similar in design to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's range of educational endorsements, this certificate is designed to afford educators deep study in all aspects of literacy instruction. The program contains twelve core credits plus a 3-credit elective concentration for a 15-credit certificate with classes being held at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus in Center Valley.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES
EDUC 452 Teaching Writing (3 credits)
The first course in the series offers techniques for teaching the writing process, kindergarten through grade 12, including writing in content area.  This course is a pre-requisite for EDUC 425 and 477.

EDUC 463 The Internet and K-12 Education (3 credits)
The focus of this course is educational theory and practice to applications of the Internet, applying content from educational foundations, curriculum, and research.
 
EDUC 425 Literacy Assessment (3 credits)
This course emphasizes alternative literacy measures for assessing writing, specifically focusing on portfolio and performance assessments.

EDUC 477 Teaching Struggling Readers and Writers (3 credits)
This course offers a comprehensive overview of learning problems and effective strategies for teaching K-12 students who have difficulties reading and writing.


SELECT ONE ELECTIVE CONCENTRATION
EDUC 432 Children's Literature in Teaching Writing (3 credits)
Participants will learn methods for transferring writing skills and literary devices from literature to student writing in all subject areas.

EDUC 464 Technology and the Learning Process (3 credits)
This course examines and evaluates the relationship between technology-based resources and learning theories.

EDUC 465 Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits)
This course provides teachers with knowledge, understandings, and skills to engage culturally and linguistically diverse students in mainstream classrooms.


For questions and program information,
contact Nancy Coco:
nxc4@psu.edu
610-285-5026
To register,
contact Kathy Eck:
kde1@psu.edu
610-285-5057

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