Teachers are critical to a child’s readiness to read. That’s why every child deserves a teacher who has the expertise to lead him or her up the path to literacy achievement. In the spirit of that aspiration, Ball State University offers a new graduate certificate in literacy instruction.

This completely online certificate meets the new licensing requirements by the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) for reading teachers. It’s a good option for reading coaches, reading specialists, remedial reading teachers, and other elementary teachers who would like to add a reading license to their current license.

Certificate courses are taught by faculty who hold doctorates and teach in Ball State Teachers College, one of the most comprehensive and renowned colleges of education in the country. The certificate can be completed in two or three semesters.

The 15-credit certificate is also a good option if you’re considering a master’s degree in the future because it partially completes requirements for the master's in elementary education (MAE).

Academic Advisor

Linda Martin, Professor
Department of Elementary Education

Course Requirements

You are required to take 15 credits to complete the certificate.

Required (15 Credits)

  • EDRD 545 Integrating Technology in the Literacy Program (3 credits)
  • EDRD 610 Teaching Reading in Elementary School (3 credits)
  • EDRD 640 Current Trends and Issues in Literacy,
    or EDRD 650 Organization and Supervision of a School Reading Program (3 credits)
  • EDRD 680 Classroom Reading Diagnosis (3 credits)
  • EDEL 680 Advanced Teaching Methods in Language Arts (3 credits)

Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required.

Application

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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