Academic Catalog

Literacy, Advanced Certification

Note: This program is for those already possessing a master’s degree in education.

Program Description

This Advanced Certification in Literacy provides the academic requirements for an additional certification in literacy for those professionals who hold a master’s degree and initial/professional certification in education. This Advanced Certification prepares teachers to hold positions as literacy specialists, coaches, and consultants at building and district levels from preschool through adolescence.

Professional Dispositions

The Department of Education at Medaille College prepares students to enter the world of teaching birth through grade twelve. We believe that a major component of professional teacher education (both in Medaille College classrooms and in P-12 schools) includes preparing students to fulfill professional habits of conduct. As part of the learning and preparation processes, students must understand and engage in professional behaviors that adhere to both policy and guiding principles required in private and public schools and community agencies. The development of values such as commitment, responsible behavior, professional communication/collaboration, confidentiality, and integrity/honesty are essential for sustained employment within the professional workforce. Prospective educators are expected to view and assume these professional dispositions as a crucial component of their academic training.

The Professional Dispositions aligned with Medaille College and the Department of Education provide a framework for these professional behaviors. Instructors and staff will demonstrate and work with our students to assure that they understand and are able to demonstrate the dispositions in every class and learning experience. When interacting with administrators, professors, teachers, peers and students (while on all Medaille campuses and during field experiences), teacher candidates must exhibit their professional commitment to becoming an excellent teacher through engagement, words and actions. A full list of expected behaviors is located in program handbooks.

Students will sign an acknowledgement of these professional dispositions upon entrance to their program.

Practicum Courses

Each student is required to complete 50 hours of college supervised tutoring (Birth–Grade 6 or Grades 5–12) or 75 hours of college supervised tutoring (Birth–Grade 12). This experience is completed through two or three practicum courses (early intervention/elementary/adolescent level).

Students who receive a grade of C+ or below for one practicum must meet with the Program Director and participate in a Refocus Plan before  repeating the practicum, and earn a grade of B- or better. Students who receive a second C+ or below in a subsequent practicum are automatically dismissed from the Advanced Certification program without the possibility of re-admittance.

Note: All education teacher candidates must be able to, with or without accommodation, complete all New York State mandated course and practicum requirements.

Degree earned: Advanced Certificate in Literacy B-12
Total number of credits: 27
Certification: Literacy, Birth – Grade 6 and Grades 5 -12

Degree earned: Advanced Certificate in Literacy B-6
Total number of credits: 18
Certification: Literacy, Birth – Grade 6

Degree earned: Advanced Certificate in Literacy 5-12
Total number of credits: 18
Certification: Literacy, Grades 5 – 12

Required Courses

Students must perform to an acceptable standard in all courses. Failure to do so will result in the student taking and/or retaking the course(s) designated to improve weak areas. Furthermore, New York State Department of Education (NYSED) outlines that students must receive a grade of B- or above for all courses indicated below as meeting content core or pedagogical core requirements, otherwise, the course must be repeated.

As a requirement for graduation, all students in the Advanced Certificate program must attain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Advanced Certification in Literacy: Birth – Grade 6 and Grades 5 - 12 Certification Track

EDL 582Word Study: Early Childhood Through Adolescence (Pedagogical Core)3
or EDL 584 Teaching Writing Through The Developmental Process
EDL 583Creating Strategic Readers and Writers (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 585Adolescent Literacy: Transacting With Literature (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 651Assessment I: Diagnosis and Remediation of Emergent to Early Readers (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 652Assessment II: Diagnosis and Remediation of Early to Fluent Readers (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 653Assessment III: Diagnosis and Remediation of the Adolescent Reader (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 671Practicum I: Early Intervention (Field Experience)3
EDL 676Practicum II: Elementary (Field Experience)3
EDL 681Practicum III: Adolescent (Field Experience)3
Total Hours27

Advanced Certification in Literacy: Birth – Grade 6 Certification Track

EDL 582Word Study: Early Childhood Through Adolescence (Pedagogical Core)3
or EDL 584 Teaching Writing Through The Developmental Process
EDL 583Creating Strategic Readers and Writers (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 651Assessment I: Diagnosis and Remediation of Emergent to Early Readers (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 652Assessment II: Diagnosis and Remediation of Early to Fluent Readers (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 671Practicum I: Early Intervention (Field Experience)3
EDL 676Practicum II: Elementary (Field Experience)3
Total Hours18

Advanced Certification in Literacy: Grades 5 – 12 Certification Track

EDL 583Creating Strategic Readers and Writers (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 585Adolescent Literacy: Transacting With Literature (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 652Assessment II: Diagnosis and Remediation of Early to Fluent Readers (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 653Assessment III: Diagnosis and Remediation of the Adolescent Reader (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 676Practicum II: Elementary (Field Experience)3
EDL 681Practicum III: Adolescent (Field Experience)3
Total Hours18