The online ADV CERT LIT program can be completed in as little as one year. Students may choose to attend courses full time, enrolling in up to three per semester, or earn their degree on a part-time schedule. There is no requirement to complete the program within a specific timeframe.
The required courses may be taken in any order depending on availability. See the curriculum page for more details on required coursework.

The practicum consists of 100 clock hours working with children in literacy assessment and instruction. As part of this experience, students must also complete several seminar assignments and a capstone binder or portfolio project. The seminar assignments include:

  • A presentation of a student case study
  • A presentation that introduces and models a literacy education strategy
  • A reflective self-study paper
  • Participation in the development of a proposal or presentation for a conference of the New York State Reading Association or the International Reading Association

The capstone will present evidence of learning by documenting and reflecting on three instruction and assessment cycles. The portfolio or binder should demonstrate growing competency in planning instruction and learning activities, carrying out those plans, assessing student work, and utilizing assessments to reflect upon and improve teaching practices.

The director of school partnerships will assist you in arranging an acceptable school placement that includes clinical supervisors and mentor teachers. If you work at a school that meets all the requirements, you can complete the practicum in your own classroom.
There are three opportunities to start the ADV CERT LIT program each year, in the fall, spring, and summer. Contact an admission advisor at for more information about the academic calendar and application deadlines.
Students may transfer a maximum of six credit hours toward earning an advanced literacy certificate. Following acceptance into the program, students can meet with an academic program advisor to discuss transfer credit
No, GRE scores are not required for admission to the online ADV CERT LIT program. For more information on application requirements, see the admissions page.
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