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Family Literacy Certificate Course Offerings

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Penn State Family Literacy Certificate

Spring 2018 Online Course Offering

(January 8 to April 27, 2018)

ADTED 459:  Interactive Literacy and Parent Involvement: 

Supporting Academic Success

The Family Literacy Certificate focuses on effective program planning, implementation, and research-based practice.  Courses are intended for early childhood educators; elementary and middle school teachers; counselors; parents of home school children; family literacy teachers, staff and administrators; family service professionals; reading specialists; librarians; and adult educators. 

Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy:

-        Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.

-        3-credit post-baccalaureate courses.

-        Helps professionals gain high quality, research-based knowledge about family literacy.

-        Act 48 approved provider for PA educators; may count toward professional development hours.

-        Use credits toward electives for other World Campus online programs, including master of education programs in adult education and curriculum and instruction.

Interactive Literacy and Parent Involvement:  Supporting Academic Success (ADTED 459) examines research and practice pertaining to parent involvement, interactions with schools, and building literacy and language interactions between parents and their young children (including English language learners).   

To learn more about applying for the Certificate, contact World Campus admissions at 800-252-3592.

For information about the Certificate, contact Beth Grinder at or 717-432-3498 or link to

Student Testimonial:  This course has given me a new perspective on how, as an educator, I need to be more attentive to the needs of the family, not just my students.

There were so many aspects of literacy and language development that I had no idea how to teach or foster prior to this course.