Western Kentucky University

School of Teacher Education

Literacy Education

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Certificate Program: Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings

Contact Person and Major Professor:  Dr. Pamela Petty, pamela.petty@wku.edu, 270.745.2809

Dr. Petty has been active in adult literacy learning and instruction within Kentucky for the past 14 years.  She directs the WKU Center for Literacy, which is a university and community hub for adult literacy services for underprepared college freshmen and struggling readers of all ages.  Dr. Petty serves on several state and national committees involved in college and career readiness, co-wrote the KYOTE Reading Assessment, the KYOTE Writing Assessment, and recently co-authored a book entitled, Essentials in Reading:  College and Career (Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2013). 

Who:  This is a certificate for graduate students who are interested in literacy instruction but who do not hold a current teaching licensure.  This certificate is appropriate for, but not limited to, instructors at community colleges, technical schools, and adult education institutions.

What:  The Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate is designed for non-teacher certified graduate students who want to increase their skill levels in providing research-based literacy instruction particularly at the post-secondary level.  The main objective of the Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate is to provide those who teach outside P-12 settings, particularly in community college, technical college, and adult education institutions with advanced courses in literacy.  The Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate aligns with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation guidelines as it provides those who currently teach or desire to teach reading classes 18 hours of post-secondary literacy education coursework. 

The Graduate Catalog description of Certificate:  The Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate provides graduate students with essential skills and instructional strategies to provide support for literacy learners and aligns with the Senate Bill 1 (2009) mandate for P-20 alignment of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for English/Language Arts. Persons applying to the Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate must be admitted to the Graduate School, submit an application, two letters of recommendation, and statement of professional goals. For applicants from non-English speaking countries a minimum TOEFL score of 525 paper score, 197 computer, 70 internet based is required. This 18 credit-hour certificate is appropriate for, but not limited to, instructors at community colleges, technical schools, and adult education institutions. Courses within the Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate are not appropriate for certified teachers and do not count toward the MAE-Literacy Education degree program. 

Where:  All six courses are offered on-line using the latest in innovative electronic instruction.  Each semester more and more options for learning and demonstrating learning are included in the courses. 

When:  The new cohort of students begins in spring semester January 27, 2014.  Registration for the first course, LTCY 500 is open now.   
                       
Objectives of the Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate program:

  • Students will experience, practice, and apply as much learning from this course within their current jobs as is possible and preferable to students;
  • Students will understand the models of the reading process;
  • Students will know the research on oral and written language development;
  • Students will understand the processes related to researching the significant approaches to reading instruction;
  • Students will know how to provide instruction that integrates reading and writing for learning;
  • Students will know how to design instruction that is differentiated for learners by need; 
  • Students will understand the role of assessment and evaluation of readers and writers;
  • Students will know how to apply intervention strategies for struggling readers and writers; and
  • Students will demonstrate best practice in reading and writing in a teaching real-world instructional post-secondary setting. 

Other reasons that WKU is offering the Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate include:

  • Many students enter community colleges and technical schools underprepared to read and comprehend at the post-secondary level.  Reading instructors who are better prepared to support students and help them grow their literacy skills/strategies will have an impact on students being better prepared to transition to universities and the workplace.
  • Courses within the proposed Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate  provide content that aligns with Kentucky Department of Education’s description of a literate student:  one who knows how to use reading, writing, listening and viewing, speaking and presenting, and critical thinking to learn content; who can use those skills to communicate what he or she learned; and who can transfer that learning to new situations (see Kentucky Certificate Endorsement Program Guidelines (kyepsb.net))

Curriculum

The Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate is as follows:

LTCY 500 Fundamentals of Reading and Related Language Arts 3
LTCY 501 Reading and Writing for Learning 3
LTCY 502 Differentiating Literacy Instruction 3
LTCY 503 Assessment and Evaluation of Reading and Writing 3
LTCY 504 Strategy-Based Reading and Writing Intervention 3
LTCY 505 Job-Embedded Literacy Methods 3
Total hours:   18

All courses have been designed specifically for this program. There are no other graduate-level Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Certificate programs offered at any of Kentucky’s major public universities.  We consider this offering to be a “just in time” certificate to fit instructors’ needs based on current requirements and mandates. 

 Last Modified 2/6/14