Literacy Teaching and Learning, AC

Our advanced certificate program in literacy teaching and learning is designed for you if you have already been certified to teach in the areas of early childhood, childhood, adolescence or related educational areas (e.g., teaching English language learners, special education) or if you are an educational professional who desires more experience in the foundations of literacy learning and teaching.

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Why Literacy Teaching and Learning at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • designing research evaluations of literacy programs and disseminating current research
  • emphasis on teaching and learning of diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • focusing on writing grants
  • providing professional development 

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 15
Time to completion 2 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
  • Teacher
  • Education professional
Application deadline Priority Deadlines

Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15

Program Coursework

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • LAI 556 Classroom Assessment and Instruction (LAI 550 and LAI 551 prerequisites)
  • LAI 557 Clinical Literacy Assessment and Instruction (LAI 556 prerequisite)
  • LAI 558 Clinic-Based Practicum in Teaching Literacy (LAI 557 prerequisite) (A pre-approved elective may be substituted for LAI 558)
  • LAI 559 School-Based Practicum in Teaching Literacy (LAI 557 prerequisite) (A pre-approved elective may be substituted for LAI 559)

Elective Courses (Choose One)

  • LAI 539 Strategic Teaching Strategic Reading Processes
  • LAI 550 Literacy Acquisition and Instruction, PreK-Primary
  • LAI 551 Childhood Literacy Methods
  • LAI 552 Middle Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Methods
  • LAI 560 Language Arts Methods
  • LAI 563 Language, Literacy and Culture
  • LAI 565 Children’s Literature
  • LAI 576 Literacy and Technology
  • LAI 580 Literature for Young Adults
  • LAI 651 Research Seminar in Reading
  • LAI 652 Practicum in the Supervision of Reading Instruction

Application Requirements

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Contact information for two individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Proof of NYS certification in one or more areas of teaching (e.g., early childhood, childhood, adolescence, teaching English language learners, special education, math, science, etc.)
  • Statement of career goals: A clearly written and thoughtful statement of your career goals.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you an international student and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.