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Program Summary

Reading and writing skills shape an individual’s future, affecting everything from their ability to gain meaningful employment to their access to essential services like healthcare. Literacy educators make a lasting impact in students’ lives by helping to develop the skills they need to fulfill their academic potential and pursue successful, fulfilling careers. If you’re a certified teacher who already holds a master’s degree, the online Advanced Certificate in Literacy Specialist (ADV CERT LIT) from Pace University can provide you with effective, research-driven strategies to engage learners from a variety of backgrounds. If you haven’t earned a master’s yet, our online Master of Science in Education, Literacy Specialist (MSEd, LIT) is ideal for you.

Completing the Advanced Certificate in Literacy Specialist program will make you eligible for initial or professional state certification in the teaching of literacy for children or adolescents.

The Advanced Certificate in Literacy Specialist program equips educators with flexible classroom practices to work with students who have language or learning disabilities and English language learners, as well as high achievers. Choose from two strands:

  • Early Childhood/Childhood (birth–grade 6)
  • Middle Childhood/Adolescent (grades 5–12)

In our specialized curriculum, you’ll investigate key concepts in child development, theories of language acquisition, and storytelling. Emphasizing the importance of multimodal literacy for today’s readers, the program delves into methods for incorporating electronic platforms into lessons as a means for students to engage with texts and express themselves. Fieldwork and practicum experiences give you opportunities to apply cutting-edge approaches in the real world and receive valuable feedback.

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Reading teachers can distinguish themselves—and may earn a higher salary—by expanding their skills in managing student data and adapting to individual learning needs.

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Achieve Your Professional Goals in Literacy Education

The literacy specialist certificate program makes certified teachers more reflective practitioners, ready to adjust to learners’ changing needs at each stage of development. Graduates can excel in a variety of positions and contexts, such as:

  • Reading teacher in all classrooms, including special education settings, in a public or private school
  • Reading specialist in a library, resource center, tutoring center, or other educational institution
  • Reading coach who collaborates with teachers to supplement their literacy instruction
  • Private instructor for students with reading disabilities
  • Consultant on literacy issues for publication companies
  • School administrator

By completing the Advanced Certificate in Literacy Specialist program, teachers earn a credential from a school of education accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The program helps to meet the requirements for an initial or professional certificate in teaching Early Childhood/Childhood (birth–grade 6) or Middle Childhood/Adolescent (grades 5–12) literacy.


Research-Driven Insights from Pace Faculty

Courses in the literacy certificate program are taught by accomplished reading educators and researchers. Drawing from years of experience working with diverse student populations, the expert faculty in Pace’s School of Education discuss how to create inclusive learning environments. Our professors have created a curriculum that explores innovative pedagogical research and offers powerful methods to address new literacies by incorporating digital resources into lessons.

In the Advanced Certificate in Literacy Specialist program, you can benefit from individualized mentorship while fitting courses into your busy schedule. Faculty members engage with graduate students in one-on-one conferences and offer guidance through the practicum and capstone project.

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