College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services

College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services

Postsecondary Literacy Instruction

Program Description

The Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction is a graduate certificate offered by the Graduate Program in Literacy in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. This is a stand-alone certificate that can be earned without being accepted into a graduate degree program, and all courses are taught online. The purpose of the Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction is to prepare instructors with theoretically and pedagogically sound expertise in literacy instruction at the postsecondary level, including teaching developmental reading and basic writing in the community college, four-year college, and adult literacy program contexts. With foci that incorporate both theory and practice, coursework in the Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction addresses educational issues that arise in most community colleges and adult literacy programs.


  • Hold a Baccalaureate Degree (Master's Degree is recommended, but not required)
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework
  • Have completed a graduate-level reading and/or writing and/or language arts education course in the past five years (Note: Applicants who do not meet this prerequisite may be required to complete an additional online course as part of the Certificate coursework)

Program of Study

  • LSLS 8001: Foundations of Postsecondary Literacy Instruction
  • LSLS 8002: Methods of Postsecondary Literacy Instruction: Focus on Reading
  • LSLS 8003: Practicum in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction
  • LSLS 8004: Methods of Postsecondary Literacy Instruction: Focus on Writing
  • LSLS 8005: Postsecondary Literacy: Second Language and Society
  • LSLS 8007: Projects in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction

Application Deadlines:

Admission Term Application Deadline Notification By
Fall 7/1 8/1
Spring 11/15 12/15
Summer 4/1 4/15

Graduation Requirements:

In order to graduate and obtain your certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing with the Graduate School.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline.




Note: Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction does not result in the issuance of a teaching license, nor is it a Master's Degree. Since postsecondary institutions vary widely in their teaching requirements, applicants are encouraged to contact the institution at which they are interested in teaching to ascertain specific employment requirements.

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School of Education


Academic Information
Dr. Connie Kendall Theado
Phone: 513-556-1427

Admission Information
Jill Altus
Phone: 513-556-0439