Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy

Penn State Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing & Literacy is a 15-credit post-baccalaureate program. Similar in design to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s range of educational endorsements, the Writing Specialist Certificate is designed to afford educators in-depth study in all aspects of teaching literacy. For all educators, K-12, including: K-12 teachers in all content areas; ESL, gifted, and special education teachers; Literacy coaches; Paraprofessionals; Curriculum coordinators; Administrators

Please Note: Writing Project Fellows may transfer their six Summer Institute/Invitational Leadership Institute credits. Additionally, some courses in the Specialist Certificate in Teaching Writing Literacy program may count as electives in the Master’s in Teaching and Curriculum program at Penn State Harrisburg.

Course Schedule

Summer 2018

EDUC 400 Diversity and Cultural Awareness Practices in the K-12 Classroom (3 credits)

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 9-13, 2018
This course is focused on understanding oneself and one’s role as an educator through a social justice lens. Teachers will gain an awareness of the systems of privilege, discrimination, power, and oppression operating in their classrooms so as to incorporate these ideas into the curricula they teach.

EDUC 432 Children’s Literature in Teaching Writing (3 credits)

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 16-20, 2018
Participants will learn methods for transferring writing skills and literary devices from literature to student writing in all subject areas.

EDUC 471 Best Practices in Teaching Literacy: Science (3 credits)

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 23-27, 2018
This course examines and evaluates the relationship between technology-based resources for writing and learning theories.

Faculty Representative

Dr. Mary Hutchinson
Associate Professor, ESL Education


To register for the Specialist Certificate program, interested individuals should contact:

Nicole Moschberger
610-285-5239 | nrm157@psu.edu