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Register NOW for Family Literacy Certificate Courses! Scholarships available

Penn State Family Literacy Certificate


Register NOW for FALL 2019

ADTED 456: Introduction to Family Literacy

ADTED 458: Early Literacy Development

A limited number of scholarships are available each year for students enrolled in the Family Literacy Certificate. Scholarship recipients will receive a 25% off tuition for the first three courses and 50% off the fourth course, for a total scholarship package of approximately $3500. Scholarship recipients will gain a world-class education at a reduced cost. Applications will be accepted until all scholarships have been awarded.

Eligibility for Scholarship:

  • Must be accepted into the post-baccalaureate Family Literacy Certificate program.
  • Must complete the Certificate (4 courses) within 3 years.
  • Must maintain a B or higher to be eligible for a discount on the next course.

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

Family Literacy Certificate Courses

FALL 2019

  • 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, the key components of family literacy, the role of case management/family support, professional development/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.


  • Adult Literacy (ADTED 457) provides practitioners with an overview of adult literacy issues, research, theory, and instructional practices in the context of family literacy and how they pertain to the many roles of parents, workers, and community members.

For information about the Certificate and Scholarship, contact Dr. Beth McLean at or 717-432-3498, link to, or go to the Goodling Institute website at  

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