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 deep 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


Spring 2018

EDUC 425 – Literacy Assessment (3 credits)

Thursdays, 4:30–7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
January 4, 6, 18, 20, February 1, 3, and 8, 2018
This course emphasizes alternative literacy measures for assessing writing, specifically focusing on portfolio and performance evaluation for classroom and large scale assessment. Prerequisite: EDUC 452

EDUC 477 – Teaching Struggling Readers and Writers (3 credits)

Tuesdays • February 20–May 1, 2018 (no class 3/6 due to spring break) • 4:30–7:30 p.m
This course offers a comprehensive overview of learning problems and effective strategies for teaching K-12 students who have difficulties reading and writing. Prerequisite: EDUC 452

Summer 2018

Our elective courses are designed in response to emerging teacher needs across the Lehigh Valley and are subject to change.


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

Zella Ondrey
Campus Registrar
610-285-5060 | zlo1@psu.edu