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Postsecondary Literacy Instruc : Distance Learning

What is Postsecondary Literacy Instruc : Distance Learning?

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.

Success Factors

Successful applicants:

  • 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)
  • Have basic familiarity with computers and the Internet

Career Possibilities

The Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction

  • Prepares students to teach developmental reading and basic writing in community colleges and adult literacy programs
  • May satisfy some employment requirements and/or continuing education requirements for many institutions of higher education

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.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

All questions concerning the Postsecondary Literacy Instruction Graduate Certificate should be directed to:

Connie Kendall Theado, Program Coordinator (Email: connie.kendall@uc.edu)

Jill Altus, Program Manager (Email: altusje@ucmail.uc.edu)

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

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 s, etc. Additionally, by placing students in an actual developmental room, 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 es. 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.

Special Programs

The Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction:

  • Is taught completely online, providing a flexible alternative for students -- all Certificate requirements can be completed without a visit to Cincinnati
  • Includes a hands-on practicum at a site convenient to the student
  • Uses Blackboard as a delivery tool with a multimedia, interactive learning environment and frequent opportunities to interact with our online instructors and other students
  • Offers a high-quality, from research to practice, model of teacher preparation from an NCATE approved program

Note: All PLI course are approved graduate-level courses in the Literacy and Second Language Studies Program, in the School of Education

Freshman Admission Requirements

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School University of Cincinnati 110 Van Wormer Hall P.O. Box 210627 2614 McMicken Circle Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627 Graduate School University of Cincinnati 2614 McMicken Circle 110 Van Wormer Hall Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

 

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

 

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

 

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School University of Cincinnati 110 Van Wormer Hall P.O. Box 210627 2614 McMicken Circle Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627 Graduate School University of Cincinnati 2614 McMicken Circle 110 Van Wormer Hall Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Application Deadlines

Admission Term

Application Deadline

Notification By

Fall

7/1

8/1

Spring

11/15

12/15

Summer

4/1

4/15

 

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, federal regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832] by the U.S. Department of Education require postsecondary institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.

Generally, GE Programs include:

  • At public and private not-for-profit institutions: Title IV-eligible non-degree programs (e.g., certificate and diploma programs).
  • At for-profit institutions: All Title-IV eligible instructional programs, degree and non-degree.

http://cech.uc.edu/student_services_center/undergraduate-students/gainful-employment.html

Quick Facts

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Degree in Postsecondary Literacy Instruc : Distance Learning

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

2610 McMicken Circle
615-L Teachers College
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: 513-556-1427
Connie Kendall Theado
connie.kendall@uc.edu