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Literacy Add-on Certifications

The Spadoni College of Education offers the coursework licensed educators need to fulfill in order to earn add-on certification by the South Carolina Department of Education for Literacy Teacher and Literacy Coach. The coursework provides an in-depth study of literacy foundations and assessment, coaching, teaching methods, curriculum development, and supervision of reading programs. By completing these courses, educators will have satisfied the coursework requirement to earn their Literacy endorsement.

Literacy Teacher Add-on Certification

To qualify for the Literacy Teacher certification, the South Carolina State Department of Education has the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Initial or professional certification at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or K-12 level
  • Minimum qualifying score(s) on the content area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education
  • Two years of successful teaching experience
  • Specialized preparation - 5 graduate courses as shown below

Required Courses

Hours

Semester Offered

EDLL 600
Advanced Reading Theory: Philosophical, Historical, and Sociological Foundations of Reading

3

Fall, Summer 1

*EDLL 604
Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Evaluation

3

Fall, Spring

*EDLL 618
Content Literacy

3

Spring, Summer 2

*EDLL 608
Instructional Strategies and Materials in Literacy

3

Fall, Summer 1

*Practicum experiences should be included in the requirements of the courses as deemed necessary by each institution.  These field experiences can be within a teacher’s classroom and should support experiences with small and large group instruction.  A separate practicum experience may be offered as a stand-alone course option.

Literacy Coach Add-On Certification

To qualify for the Literacy Coach certification, the South Carolina State Department of Education has the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Initial or professional certification at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or K-12 level
  • Minimum qualifying score(s) on the content area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education
  • Five years of successful teaching experience
  • 12 Semester hours of courses required for the Literacy Teacher certification
  • Specialized preparation – 4 graduate courses shown below

Required Courses

Hours

Semester Offered

*EDLL 620 
Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Populations

3

Summer I Even Years

*EDLL 621
Developing Literacy Teacher -Leaders within School Communities

3

 

Fall Even Years

*EDLL 622 
Action Research in Literacy Coaching

3

Spring Odd Years

*Practicum experience based on individual program of study established by institution.

Admission Requirements

Application Non Degree Seeking

Admission requirements for Literacy Add-on Certifications:

  • Completion of the application form and payment of the $45 application fee.
  • Transcripts - You must submit an official transcript from every institution you have attended. Receipt of a baccalaureate or any higher degree must be clearly indicated on the transcript from the awarding institution. Official transcripts are those sent by the registrar of a college or a university directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies does not order transcripts from any institution.
  • Official Scores - No tests are required for admission to add-on certification program.

Application Deadlines
The Office of Graduate Studies admits non-degree students on a rolling basis. However, course registrations typically fill well in advance of each session. Prospective students are therefore encouraged to complete the non-degree application process at least two weeks prior to ensure course availability.

You can also find more information at www.coastal/education »
To learn how to apply, visit Graduate Studies »

EDLL 600 Advanced Reading Theory: Philosophical, Historical, and Sociological Foundations of Reading (3) 
This course emphasizes theoretical frameworks for reading including psycho-linguistics, sociolinguistics, constructivism, and progressive education as well as historical foundations of reading instruction in the United States. This course provides an understanding of the reading process and evaluation of past and current approaches to teaching reading in elementary and middle school settings.

EDLL 604 Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Evaluation (3) 
Emphasis on naturalistic, authentic, classroom-based assessment of developmental readers and writers and the interrelationships between assessment and instruction. Supervised assessment practicum and 
the development of a literacy case study in a clinical experience are required.

EDLL 608 Instructional Strategies and Materials in Literacy (3) 
This course requires that students conduct in-depth study of current methods and materials used in literacy instruction. Emphasis is on research-supported instructional strategies that are effective for diverse learners and across various instructional settings.

EDLL 618 Content Literacy (3) 
This course provides K-12 teachers with the strategies for teaching literacy within the framework of content area classes. The course teaches a sound theoretical knowledge of the reading and writing processes and the basic tenets of integrating technology across the curriculum.

EDLL 620 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Populations (3) 
(Prereq: Teacher certification PK-12) Naturalistic, authentic assessment strategies and the integration of 
instructional strategies with assessment are investigated with struggling readers and writers, PK-12. Emphasis on best practices and current research as applied to special populations of students including learning disabilities, developmental delays, second language learners, gifted and talented students, physically challenged, and social/emotional behavioral issues. Supervised instruction is required in clinical practicum. Depending on the number of students to be served in the clinic, the practicum may include individual tutoring and/or small group instruction.

EDLL 621 Developing Literacy Teacher-Leaders Within School Communities (3) 
(Prereq: EDLL 620, Teacher certification PK-12) Course participants explore how literacy leaders 
integrate essential elements of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and on-going staff development to develop research-based literacy programs. Major topics include theoretical principles and practices for staff development, mentoring/coaching, and evolving roles/responsibilities for literacy teacher-leaders.

EDLL 622 Action Research in Literacy Coaching (3) 
(Prereq: EDLL 621, Teacher certification PK-12) Course develops synergistic decision-making and interpersonal skills used by literacy teacher-leaders to explore conditions that affect student learning, curricular reform, and teacher empowerment. Course participants use action research to explore a coaching relationship with a practicing teacher.