Early Literacy (Certificate)


Early Literacy, Cert

On Campus 15 cr

Early literacy instruction in the school and community is an area of national emphasis.


Effective early literacy instruction has been a focus of educational reform since the first reports about Head Start programs in the early 1970s, and many universities and P-12 school districts are developing programs to enhance Early Literacy instruction.

This Early Literacy graduate certificate can provide:

  • A pathway for gaining expertise for new educators, those who wish to change their focus, and those who want to gain greater expertise in this area
  • A route for graduate students who are practicing teachers to organize their coursework in an area of need in their schools
  • Help for graduate students to structure a master's degree in a purposeful manner
  • Professional recognition of expertise for teachers who are or want to be engaged in Early Literacy instruction in schools and community settings

Additionally, students who complete the Early Literacy Certificate Program will be well on their way to completing a Nebraska Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade Reading Specialist Endorsement, should they wish to also pursue that designation.

Course List
CodeTitleCredit Hours
TEAC 802 Contemporary Children's Literature: Principles and Practices 3
TEAC 854 Multiethnic Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
TEAC 817 Emerging Reading and Language 3
TEAC 813A Second Language Acquisition 1-3
TEAC 811 Reading Processes and Practices
Electives (choose 2)
CYAF 874 Assessment in Early Childhood 3
PSYC 889 Child Behavior and Development 3
TEAC 811 Reading Processes and Practices 1-6
TEAC 836A Professional Development: Literacy Coaching 3
TEAC 890 Workshop Seminar (section must be approved by advisory committee) 1-12
SPED 815 Reading and Writing Disabilities: Elementary Students 2
SPED 815A Practicum in Reading and Writing Disabilities-Elementary

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    * When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in the Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education program
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Fit between applicant's goals/interests and the goals of the certificate

Admission Deadlines

February 1st (summer or fall admission) or October 1st (spring admission)

Graduate Chair

Jenelle Reeves

Support Staff

Joelle Tangen

Tuition & Fees
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