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Literacy is critical to obtaining success in life, and the path to literacy must start during a child's early learning and developmental years. Through Family Literacy, families can be guidedchild with educator to enhance children's language and literacy development, become knowledgeable about how support and partner with schools to be their child's first teacher, and also to become successful adult learners.

The Family Literacy Certificate is intended to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills, and credentials in the discipline of family literacy, with a focus on effective program planning and implementation and research-based practice. The 12-credit Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy integrates research findings and best practice identified through research efforts.

The certificate is offered via distance learning through the Penn State World Campus.

The 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.

Credits earned through the Certificate Program are applicable toward a family-literacy-focused Penn State's Master's Degree in Adult Education. Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the Post-baccalaureate in family literacy may count toward professional development hours.

 

Required Courses for the Certificate

 

ADTED 456: Introduction to Family Literacy (3 credits; Fall Semester)

ADTED 457: Adult Literacy (3 credits; Summer semester).

ADTED 458: Early Literacy Development (3 credits; Fall Semester).

ADTED 459: Interactive Literacy and Parent Involvement: Supporting Academic Success (3 credits; Spring semester).

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE

A limited number of scholarships are available each year for students enrolled in the Family Literacy Certificate program. 

Recipients of this scholarship will receive a 25% off tuition for the first three courses and 50% for the fourth course, for a total scholarship package of over $3500.

Students who have been awarded a scholarship for the four courses do not need to re-apply prior to each course.  Scholarship applications will be accepted until all scholarships have been awarded.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Application Instructions:

  • Complete a Statement of Financial Need: In 500 words or less, explain why you need a scholarship.
  • Applications are accepted until all scholarships have been awarded.
  • Email the completed information to Dr. Beth McLean at [email protected].
  • Open the Scholarship Application in Adobe Acrobat and fill in the required information.  If you would rather attach a file with your statement and information, that is fine.

Please contact Dr. Beth McLean at [email protected] if you have are any questions.

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Certificate is offered via distance learning through the Penn State World Campus and is geared toward professionals working with adults or out-of-school youth who struggle with reading, writing, numeracy, and/or English language proficiency. The certificate is a 12-credit certificate that includes three required courses and one elective, which allows you to tailor the program to your specific interests. With the certificate, you can enhance your ability to provide high-quality, research-based instruction in adult basic education, especially literacy and numeracy instruction.

 

Credits earned through the ABE Certificate program are applicable toward Master of Education in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education. Further, Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the Post-baccalaureate in family literacy may count toward professional development hours.

Required courses:

  • ADTED 460: Introduction to Adult Education
  • ADTED 480: Teaching Math and Numeracy to Adults
  • ADTED 560: Teaching Reading to College Students and Adults

Elective Courses (choose one):

Students may also choose from 12 different elective courses:

  • ADTED 470: Introduction to Distance Education
  • ADTED 505: The Teaching of Adults
  • ADTED 506: Program Planning in Adult Education
  • ADTED 507: Research and Evaluation in Adult Education
  • ADTED 531: Course Design and Development in Distance Education
  • ADTED 542: Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory
  • ADTED 575: Administration of Adult Education
  • LDT 415A: Systematic Instructional Development

 

Graduate School Admission:

  • An applicant must have received, from an accredited institution, a baccalaureate degree substantially equivalent to one awarded by Penn State.
  • The Graduate School reviews the application for academic admissibility and the certificate program determines acceptance into its program.  An admission letter from the Graduate School does not guarantee admission into a certificate program.

To enroll in 400-level courses you must have completed 60 credits of undergraduate work or the equivalent.

Family Literacy Certificate

~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.
~There were so many aspects of literacy and language development that I had no idea how to teach or foster prior to this course.
~ I highly enjoyed this course! It was very informative, thought-provoking and interesting all at the same time!
~I think the highlight of this course was having the opportunity to learn from our peers, through group discussions and group projects.

Adult Basic Education Certificate

~I think the highlight of this course was having the opportunity to learn from our peers, through group discussions and group projects.
~The class has made me more aware of how numeracy fits into adult education and literacy and has already influenced the way I approach math when planning curriculum.

For additional information about the Certificates, please contact:

Dr. Beth McLean
[email protected]
(717) 432-3498

 

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

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Family Literacy Certificate!

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