Improve Your Literacy Abilities

Penn State's online certificate program in family literacy is a 12-credit program designed to meet the professional development needs of persons working in a variety of literacy education settings. The program can help you:

  • earn college credits in the field of literacy
  • expand your knowledge and skills in the field of literacy
  • increase your earning potential

A Program That Can Suit Your Needs

Students taking the family literacy program at the postbaccalaureate level can apply course work to the following degree programs:

Convenient and Flexible

Each course is taught using a blend of web and email to maximize flexibility, while maintaining teacher and student interaction. As a Penn State online student, you can learn when and where it's most convenient for you.

Required Courses (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Family Literacy ADTED 456 Introduces family literacy concepts, models, and components supporting families: adult, child, and parent education; interactive literacy activities; and case management. 3 credits
Adult Literacy ADTED 457 Surveys adult basic and literacy education research, theory, programming, and instruction; highlights learners' roles as parents, workers, and community members. 3 credits
Early Literacy Development ADTED 458 Focuses on young children's language and literacy development, including parental and staff support, grounded in scientifically based reading research. 3 credits
Interactive Literacy and Parent Involvement: Supporting Academic Success ADTED 459 Explores parental involvement in education and parent-child literacy activities that support children's language and literacy development, especially among diverse families. 3 credits

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.