Graduate Certificate in Literacy Education

The graduate certificate in literacy education provides its students the opportunities to learn about cutting edge teaching and learning principles of interdisciplinary reading, writing, and viewing texts, in and out of schools. Coursework provides students the opportunity to design advanced curriculum and to take advantage of resources near campus, such as national museums, memorials, and the Library of Congress.

Graduates will understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of interdisciplinary literacy. Graduates who are licensed teachers will take what they learn from the certificate program to extend and enhance their work in schools. The certificate also prepares its graduates to work in out-of-school settings, such as tutoring clinics and after school and summer programs. Students enrolled in the certificate program can complete it as a stand-alone certificate, can combine its credit hours with those of other education certificates (such as the Teachers of English as a Second Language or STEM certificates), or apply the credit hours to the 30-credit hour Master’s Program with a Concentration in Literacy and Reading Education.


CPED 6691 Interdisciplinary Adolescent Literacies

CPED 6622 Foundations of Reading Development

CPED 6223 Interdisciplinary Elementary School Literacies

CPED 6628 Literacies in Informal Learning Environments


Admissions requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants .

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Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2023. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Application Timeline Fall
Priority Deadline Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline March 1
Round 4 Deadline May 1
Round 5 Deadline June 15

We encourage you to apply as early as possible. For more information or to inquire about the next admissions cycle, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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