Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy

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Tuition per Credit

Family Literacy Vital to a Child’s Success in Life

Literacy is key to obtaining success in life, and the road to literacy must start during a child’s early learning and developmental years.

Penn State understands how important family literacy is, and has partnered with the College of Education to offer you an online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy.

Our program is designed to give you the skills necessary to support children's emerging language and literacy development; strengthen school-age students’ language and literacy skills; enhance parents' knowledge and skills regarding their roles and responsibilities as their children's first teachers; and encourage and support parental involvement in their children’s literacy development and education.

Family Literacy at Penn State

Our program's online curriculum was created in partnership between the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the National Center for Family Literacy. These national organizations promote the value of family literacy, support program improvement through research, and strive to help families make educational and economic progress through pioneering and continuously improving family literacy programs. The Goodling Institute is housed in the College of Education at Penn State.

You can apply your completed course work toward elective credits for several other online programs through World Campus, including our M.Ed. programs in adult education and children’s literature.

Act 48 Approved

Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the postbaccalaureate certificate in family literacy may count toward professional development hours.

Who Should Apply?

This program was developed to provide 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 with an opportunity to enhance their skills and credentials in a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to literacy instruction.

Please note that this program does not lead to initial teacher certification, however, this program may help you to renew your certification. Check with your state's Department of Education for exact requirements for recertification.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Professionals from the following fields have found this certificate to be beneficial:

  • family service workers
  • social service workers
  • human service workers
  • early childhood educators
  • adult education instructors
  • home school parents and other caregivers
  • elementary and middle school teachers and counselors
  • family literacy teachers and staff (for both adults and children)
  • staff and administrators of educational agencies and family literacy programs

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about Penn State World Campus