Graduate Certificate in Literacy Intervention—A Program for Literacy Leaders

This four-course, 16-credit graduate certificate focuses on leadership in literacy instruction. It is intended for teachers and administrators working with students in elementary school, with particular emphasis on grades 3–6. Taken as a whole, the certificate represents the cornerstones of literacy instruction. Courses examine effective practices in reading and writing, including reading and writing across the curriculum, successful approaches to literacy assessment, intervention strategies, and designs for differentiating instruction that address the needs of all learners.

The certificate program is geared toward in-service professionals who desire deeper knowledge of literacy practices and instruction but may not wish to pursue an academic degree at the present time. However, should participants choose to continue their studies in Literacy or Reading Education, earned credits may be applied toward master’s degree or CAGS requirements.

The four-course certificate includes:

  • SED LS 727 Topical Seminar in Literacy and Language (4 cr)
  • SED LS 735 Teaching Struggling Readers and Writers in the Elementary School (4 cr)
  • SED LS 790 Seminar in Literacy Assessment (4 cr)
  • SED BI 652 Reading and Writing in a Second Language: Development Assessment and Instruction (4 cr)

Why take this program?

School policies and programs routinely emphasize the performance of children in the beginning years of schooling. This is important, of course, as studies have long documented the importance of a “good start.” Yet, not all needs are met in the early years. Recent studies confirm the incidence of late-emerging reading difficulty, becoming apparent in the later grades as disciplinary literacy grows in importance and texts become more linguistically complex and conceptually dense.

This certificate will provide the research and practical knowledge necessary for school leaders and classroom teachers to develop and implement literacy programs and practices that will help sustain the gains students make in the early years and support reading success as students proceed through elementary school.

For information about applying to this program, please visit the Admissions section of our website.

Faculty Contact Information: Professor Jeanne Paratore,, 617-353-3285

Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-4237