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Family Literacy

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Elisabeth Grinder
405 Keller Building
Phone: 717-432-3498 
Fax: 814-863-6108

The certificate in Family Literacy, based on a multidisciplinary approach to literacy instruction involving both adult educators and early childhood education and family literacy specialists, is intended for location-bound students who work in a variety of literacy-related settings, both formal and informal. These settings include public schools and preschools (teachers, teaching assistants, reading specialists), organizations such as Head Start and grant-funded family literacy programs. The goal of the certificate is to build the capacity of the field to provide high-quality, research-based instruction and program development in family literacy. The certificate consists of a 12-credit program delivered online through the World Campus. The program objectives include strengthening program effectiveness through developing an understanding of staff roles and responsibilities as part of a collaborative family literacy team and supporting a learner-centered approach to delivering program services.

Admission Requirements

Students must have a baccalaureate degree to enroll.



  • 456. Introduction to Family Literacy (3)
  • 457. Adult Literacy (3)
  • 458. Early Literacy Development (3)
  • 459. Interactive Literacy and Parental Involvement: Supporting Academic Success (3)

Effective Date: Fall Semester 2010
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2020

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-189

Review Date: 01/10/2012


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