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Family Literacy Certificate

The 12-credit World Campus Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy was created through a partnership between the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State and the National Center for Families Learning. The primary goal of the Certificate is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills, and credentials in the discipline of family literacy, with a focus on effective program planning and implementation and research-based practice.

For additional information, please contact Beth Grinder at elg6@psu.edu. or by phone at 717-432-3498. You may also contact the World Campus Admissions counselors by calling 800 252-3592 (toll free). For more information about the World Campus certificates and degrees, click here. For information about applying for admissions, please click here.

Admission Requirements

  1. Courses Included in the CertificateAn applicant must have received, from an accredited institution, a baccalaureate degree substantially equivalent to one awarded by Penn State.
  2. The Graduate School reviews the application for academic admissibility and the certificate program determines acceptance into its program. An admission letter from the Graduate School does not guarantee admission into a certificate program.

ADTED 456: Introduction to Family Literacy (3 credits). This course explores the concept of family literacy and how it can contribute to both the literacy growth of the parent (caregiver), children and other family members. The course addresses serving diverse and vulnerable families, models of family literacy, the key components of family literacy (adult, early childhood, and parent education; interactive literacy), the role of case management and family support, professional development and program improvement, and advocacy. ADTED 456 can be a valuable elective for graduate students in World Campus Adult Education and Children's Literature Master degrees, as well as other post-baccalaureate programs..

ADTED 457: Adult Literacy (3 credits). This course explores adult literacy research, theory, programming, and instructional practices in the context of family literacy. The course examines literacy needs of adults as parents workers, and community members, focusing on engaging parents with low-level skills in literacy activities, especially as they transfer to the home.

ADTED 458: Early Literacy Development (3 credits). This course focuses on young children's language and literacy development, including ways that parents and staff support this development; research related to children's language and literacy learning; and ways in which family literacy supports early literacy development.

ADTED 459: Interactive Literacy and Parent Involvement: Supporting Academic Success (3 credits). This course focuses on how parents and other caregivers actively engage in home- and school-based activities to support children's language and literacy development and academic success. The course addresses parental involvement in education, educator and parent perspectives of what parent engagement means, interactive parent-child literacy activities, and some of the sociocultural issues that are implicated in family engagement in language and literacy development.