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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Language Literacy (2002-2003)

Program Description

The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Language Literacy provides advanced knowledge in a variety of aspects of literacy: language development and reading, reading and writing connections, integrated language arts, and children’s literature or young adult literature.

The overarching educational objective is to provide a broad base of knowledge relating to various aspects of literacy education. Those completing the certificate will understand the basics of language theory as it relates to reading. They will also have a detailed understanding of the various genre of children’s or young adult literature and will have experience critically analyzing various literature selections. They will understand how to develop an integrated language arts curriculum. And more specifically, they will have experience with connecting reading and writing through an inquiry-based process.

RDG 570 or RDG 468G is a prerequisite for the remaining courses but may be waived as a prerequisite for those experienced in the teaching of reading and aware of current issues and trends.

Certificate Requirements

  • RDG 570 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School or RDG 468G Teaching Reading in Secondary School and College: 3 s.h.
  • RDG 553 Integrating Reading and Writing through Inquiry: 3 s.h.
  • RDG 586 Language and Reading: 3 s.h.
  • LA 567 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School: 3 s.h.
  • LLA 513 Advanced Childrens Literature or LLA 523 Advanced Young Adult Literature: 3 s.h.
    TOTAL: 15 s.h.

Course Descriptions


468G Teaching Reading in Secondary School and College. (3) A theory-based course that translates knowledge and research concerning reading at the junior high, senior high, and college level into recommendations for effective instruction, and focuses on the various kinds of reading programs that exist at the post-elementary level.

553 Integrating Reading and Writing Through Inquiry. (3) This K-12 course explores relationships between reading and the use of collaborative, authentic reading and writing learning experiences within an inquiry-oriented curriculum.

570 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School. (3) An introductory course comparing various approaches to teaching reading and translating knowledge and research concerning elementary reading into recommendations for effective instruction.

586 Language Development and Reading. (3) This pre K-12 course explores theories of language development and the relationship between language development and learning to read. Of special interest are populations (such as second language learners, those with a learning disability with respect to oral communication, and hearing impaired students) who find learning to read difficult because of language barriers. Prerequisite: RDG 569, RDG 570, or RDG 486G.

Language Arts

567 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School. (3) This course considers the scope and nature of an adequate program of instruction in the language arts from kindergarten through the sixth grade. Primary emphasis is placed on the identification of skills to be taught and methods and materials to be used in the teaching of composition, grammar and usage, listening, spelling, and handwriting.

Literature and Language Arts

513 Advanced Children's Literature. (3) Evaluation, selection, and use of all types of literature based on children's interests, needs and learning ability that are found in elementary school library media centers. Discussion of historical development, problems, and trends in children's literature. Prerequisite: LLA 313 or permission of the instructor.

523 Advanced Literature for Young Adults. (3) Evaluation, selection, and use of library materials designed for or appropriate to the needs, interests, and learning abilities of young adults (grades 7-12). Discussion of historical development, problems, and trends in literature for young adults. Prerequisite: LLA 433 or permission of the instructor.

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