The Certificate in Literacy Research, Theory, and Pedagogy provides educators the expertise to address the local/state/national concerns of literacy levels.

NOTE: This certificate is not a credential for teacher certification/licensure.

1) Special non-degree admission

2) An applicant to the Literacy Research, Theory and Pedagogy Certificate Program must have completed a Master’s degree in education (or a related field) and/or may be enrolled in a doctoral program on campus to apply for the Literacy Education non-degree Certificate Program. The applicant will select the Literacy Research, Theory and Pedagogy Certificate Program when applying at the Graduate School’s online “Graduate Application Center.”

The application will include the requested materials, including a Statement of Purpose focusing on the student's goals in pursuing a Literacy Education Certificate.  Applicants also submit a writing sample directly to the department for faculty consideration when the faculty review the Graduate School certificate program application. 

3) General Requirements:

  • The prerequisite for this Certificate is that students have a Master's degree in education (or a related field) from the University of Alabama or another institution OR are enrolled in a doctoral program on campus and be accepted to the Literacy Research, Theory and Pedagogy Certificate Program by the Graduate School and departmental faculty.
  • Applications will consist of evidence of having a Master's degree, a statement of purpose, and writing sample.
  • Minimum Required Hours: 15.
  • Certificate completion will be monitored by certificate program administrators. 

4) Course Requirements

Hours
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Advanced Seminar
Advanced Seminar
Advanced Seminar Crd
Second Language Literacy
New Literacies
Discourse & Pedagogy
Literacy Foundations P-12
Advisor approved elective from other departments across campus3
Examples include but are not limited to the departments of English, Communication Studies, Anthropology and Psychology (e.g., EN 654 Sem Visual and Digital Rhetoric; CIS Seminar in Cultural Critical and Rhetorical Studies).

5) Transfer credit will not be accepted.

6) Time limit of six (6) years.

7) Conferred by The University of Alabama. This certificate is not a credential for teacher certification/licensure.

8) Coursework from this certificate program cannot be used to meet requirements for any other academic program.