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Literacy Graduate Certificate - Online

Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that allows us to learn about our world and communicate effectively. Literacy represents a central area of instruction in K-12 schooling and it is widely recognized that proficiency in literacy is critical to a student's long-term academic and career success.

The UW Graduate Certificate in Literacy serves Wyoming teachers and recent College of Education graduates who wish to gain the reading endorsement from the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB). Students enrolled in the literacy program will select one of three options for endorsement, K-6 level, 7-12 level and K-12 level.

This program is delivered entirely online and can completed while teaching full-time. Students in this program can expand their marketability by gaining the initial endorsement and apply coursework towards a master’s or doctoral degrees to further increase their pay and job prospects.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Graduate Certificate & Minor

Resident Tuition: $337/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $537/credit hour

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65% of America’s fourth graders do not read at a proficient level according to the National Center for Education Statistics

Literacy Program Highlights

Accredited. The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Online delivery. Literacy program courses are offered online through a blended format of online and audio conferencing so you can gain new skills to advance your career from anywhere.

Graduate credit. Increase your skills and marketability in the certificate program while earning graduate credit you can apply towards future masters and doctoral programs.

Faculty. UW’s literacy program is home to renowned faculty, including two endowed chairs, so you will learn from top literacy experts who also have vast PK-12 teaching experience.

Literacy Research Center and Clinic. You may be able to gain experience in our on-campus clinic offering assessments and tutoring to school-aged children throughout Wyoming. You can also work with schools to improve their literacy instruction or get involved with research work focusing on literacy.

UW conferences. Participate in UW’s annual state conferences to gain exposure to the latest research and best practices in literacy, English as a second language and dual language immersion, and education law and policy.

Scholarships. Reduce the cost of investment in your future. Check out these relevant graduate scholarships you might qualify for:

  • Elnora Brooks Memorial Scholarship
  • Margaret "Peggy" Cooney Scholarship
  • John. K. Corbett Memorial Scholarship
  • Leona S. and Jeanette Heptner Scholarship
  • Dr. Joseph I. Stepans Excellence in Education Scholarship

Amazing Stories from Literacy Graduates

The Literacy Endorsement program at the University of Wyoming College of Education provided an excellent opportunity to learn current research that was timely and pertinent to the work I do in the classroom. The format made earning this endorsement fit smoothly into my already busy schedule. The topics covered were on point. I would recommend this program to anyone thinking about a literacy endorsement program or looking for a relevant master's program.

Nancy Nelson - Title 1/ELL Coordinator at Big Horn County School District #3

Examples of Literacy Program Courses

These are just some of the classes you might take in the literacy education endorsement program at the University of Wyoming:

  • Sociolinguistics & Social Literacies
  • Genre-Based, Discipline Based Literacies
  • Literacy Difficulties: Assessment and Instruction
  • Research in Literacy Learning
  • Teaching, and Assessment in Classrooms, Parts 1-2 (K-6 or 6-12)
  • Writing Instruction (K-6 or 6-12)

View the full graduate certificate in literacy curriculum.

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