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.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For Fall semester admission, we recommend June 15th as the application deadline. For Spring semester admission, we recommend November 15th as the application deadline.
The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction
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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This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this program. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.
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The Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction (PLI) is designed to address a variety of current professional and disciplinary demands that arise in most community colleges and adult literacy programs: developmental reading, basic writing, reading and writing in English as a Second Language, linguistic and cultural differences, learning styles, etc. Additionally, by placing students in an actual developmental classroom, they are provided with a hands-on practicum experience at a site convenient to them that allows the incorporation of teaching interests into projects and lessons that encompass various facets of the methods and theories learned in their PLI classes. As a culminating experience, students work independently with their instructor to complete an intensive focus project about an aspect of postsecondary literacy instruction that interests them. Students who complete the PLI program will have 18 semester transcript hours that directly relate to the instruction of postsecondary students with developmental needs. Since many community colleges expect candidates for teaching positions to have earned a Master's Degree plus 18 semester credit hours in the content area, the program is designed to ensure the course work meets this requirement.
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