Certificate Program in Literacy Intervention

The School of Education’s Certificate in Literacy Intervention: A Program for Literacy Leaders is open to classroom teachers, literacy leaders, and administrators from any community or school district.  The Certificate program focuses on leadership in literacy instruction for educators working with students in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Taken as a whole, the Certificate represents the cornerstones of literacy instruction. Four courses comprise the Certificate, and collectively they 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.

Why Take This Program?

An examination of trends in students’ scores on national and state assessments supports the need to strengthen the literacy instruction offered to students throughout the elementary, middle, and secondary grades.  At the state level in Massachusetts where the MCAS is given to children beginning in third grade, student gains have not increased significantly in the past two years of testing.

Furthermore, results indicate that the racial and linguistic gap continues to persist, with African-American and Latino students lagging behind their White peers. Similar outcomes are evident in the most recent results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which indicates that across all levels and racial groups, students’ scores do not significantly improve as they progress beyond the fourth grade.  Such indicators make visible the need for instruction that will foster literacy growth for students that extends throughout their school years.  Literacy must be at the heart of all efforts to improve children’s academic achievement; without proficiency in reading and writing, students will struggle to meet the benchmarks set by national and state tests, and they will be ill-prepared to meet the rigors of secondary school and the demands of higher level academic work.

The Certificate in Literacy Intervention prepares teachers, principals, and other school leaders to optimize literacy learning opportunities for students across their years of schooling.  In collaboration with School of Education faculty and their in-service colleagues, participants will read, analyze, and interpret related research and theory, and they will explore ways to apply the evidence to the learning settings in which they work.  We expect sessions to be thought-provoking and interactive, and in the end, to support higher levels of reading and writing achievement for school-aged students.

Schedule of Certificate Courses

Fall

LS735:  Strategies for Teaching Struggling Readers and Writers

Analytical comparison of instructional practices and materials in reading in order to meet the specific needs of individual learners in grades 1 through 12. 4 credits. 

Spring

LS790:  Seminar in Literacy Assessment

Review of theory and research related to formal and informal literacy assessment.  Discussion of implications for school, classroom, and clinical settings.  Practice in administration and interpretation of commonly used assessments.  4 credits.

Summer

LS727:  Summer Literacy Institute:  Topical Seminar in Literacy

Focus on a current issue in literacy education through seminars and discussions with visiting literacy experts and Boston University faculty. 4 credits.

Professor Lee Indrisano

BI652:  Reading and Writing in a Second Language: Development, Assessment, and Instruction (K-6)

Examines patterns and processes of second language reading and writing development and factors that influence second language literacy and learning. Identifies exemplary approaches to reading and writing assessment and instruction of English language learners. 4 credits. 

Certificate Credits and Cost

Certificate in Literacy Intervention: A Program for Literacy Leaders

Awarded upon successful completion of 16 credits.

Credit towards Master of Education Degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study:  Students who apply and are accepted to a Literacy or Reading Education program in the School of Education leading to a Master of Education Degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study may apply the 16 credits taken in the Certificate Program to their degree requirements.

Credit towards Doctor of Education Degree:  Students who apply and are accepted to a Literacy Education program in the School of Education leading to a Doctor of Education Degree may apply 8 credits taken in the Certificate Program to their degree requirements.

For more information, please contact Professor Jeanne Paratore at 617-353-3285 or e-mail jparator@bu.edu.

Please note: With sufficient numbers of interested participants, school districts can arrange to offer this Certificate on-site and at a reduced tuition rate.  Please contact Professor Jeanne Paratore at e-mail jparator@bu.edu, for more information.