The 12-Credit Penn State World Campus post-baccalaureate Family Literacy Certificate was developed 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.
The Family Literacy Certificate is designed to help students understand the key components of family literacy (an intergenerational approach to learning) including:
- How to understand children’s language and literacy development and support academic success.
- How the role of the adult education relates to adult learners’ needs and their roles as caregivers, workers, and community members.
- How to strengthen and enhance parents’ knowledge of their roles and responsibilities as their children’s first teachers.
- How to engage in interactive literacy activities with children and how to engage with schools and teachers.
For additional information, please contact Beth McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 717-432-3498. For more information about the World Campus Family Literacy certificate, click here. For more information about applying contact World Campus admissions click here, or call a World Campus Admissions counselor at 800-252-3592 (toll free).
- An applicant must have received, from an accredited institution, a baccalaureate degree substantially equivalent to one awarded by Penn State.
- 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.
Courses included in the Certificate
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. This course introduces family literacy concepts, models, and components to support families including adult, child, and parent education; interactive literacy activities, and case management. The course also attends to issues such as racial/ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity among families; program improvement; and professional development. This course is offered during the fall semester.
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 the role of adult education as it pertains to adult learners’ needs and their roles as parents, workers, and community members. This course is offered each summer.
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. This course is offered during the fall.
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. This course is offered during the spring semester.
Adult Basic Education Certificate
Individuals interested in working with adults or out-of-school youth who struggle with reading, writing, numeracy, and/or English language proficiency may consider the online post-baccalaureate Adult Basic Education Certificate (12 credits). Learn more here.