2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Certificate in Elementary Reading and Literacy

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The Graduate Certificate in Elementary Reading and Literacy prepares educators to provide developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive literacy instruction to preK–6 students of diverse abilities and backgrounds. Courses examine assessment methods, resources, and instructional strategies required to support beginning preK–3 readers and developing readers in grades 4–6 by using the five pillars of reading as an organizational framework (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension). To support English-language learners (ELLs), educators examine the second-language acquisition process, learn to assess literacy proficiency, and select appropriate instruction materials. Educators learn to assess progress and differentiate instruction for both struggling and gifted readers. Effective collaboration skills are emphasized throughout the coursework. Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s M.S. in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy (preK–6).

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 total semester credit hours

o Specialization Courses (15 sem. cr.)


Course Sequence

Semester Course
1 EDUC 6705 - Foundations of Reading and Literacy 3 sem. cr.
EDUC 6706 - The Beginning Reader, PreK–3 3 sem. cr.
2 EDUC 6707 - The Developing Reader, Grades 4–6 3 sem. cr.
EDUC 6708 - Literacy Development in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom 3 sem. cr.
3 EDUC 6709 - Literacy Development in an Academically Diverse Classroom 3 sem. cr.


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