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Fall Registration OPEN for Family Literacy Certificate Courses

Penn State Family Literacy Certificate
Fall 2018 Online Course Offerings

(August 20 to December 7, 2018)

 Registration NOW OPEN for

Introduction to Family Literacy
Early Literacy Development

Introduction to Family Literacy and Early Literacy Development were each developed to enhance the skills and credentials in a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to literacy instruction.  These courses are intended for early childhood educators; elementary and middle school teachers; counselors; parents of home school children; family literacy teachers, staff and administrators; family service professionals; reading specialists; librarians; and adult educators. 

Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy:

  • Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.
  • 3-credit post-baccalaureate courses.
  • Helps professionals gain high-quality, research-based knowledge about family literacy.
  • Act 48 approved provider for PA educators; may count toward professional development hours.
  • Use credits toward electives for other World Campus online programs, including master of education programs in adult education and curriculum and instruction.

Introduction to Family Literacy (ADTED 456) explores the concept of family literacy and how it contributes to the literacy growth of the parent (caregiver), children, and other family members. The course addresses serving diverse and vulnerable families, models of family literacy, the key components of family literacy (adult, early childhood, and parent education; interactive literacy), the role of case management and family support, professional development and program improvement, and advocacy.

Early Literacy Development (ADTED 458) focuses on young children’s language and literacy development, including ways that parents and staff support this development using research related to children’s learning.

To learn more about applying for the Certificate, contact World Campus admissions at 800-252-3592.

For information about the Certificate, contact Dr. Beth Grinder McLean at or 717-432-3498 or link to

Student Testimonials: 

  • This course has given me a new perspective on how, as an educator, I need to be more attentive to the needs of the family, not just my students.
  • Overall, this class has taught me how to further utilize the resources in front of me in order to better/further explain my thinking or reasons behind my answers to certain questions. The class readings are designed to help us develop our own thoughts and opinions based on research and facts presented through the given resources.
  • This course has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that are available to jump start your child’s literacy development.