Family Literacy Is Vital to Children's Success
Literacy begins at home. The road to literacy starts early during a child's life and depends on interaction with parents and caregivers.
Our program is designed to help you understand the key components of family literacy (a two-generation approach to learning), including:
- how to understand children’s language and literacy development and support academic success
- how the role of adult education relates to adult learners’ needs and their roles as caregivers, workers, and community members
- how to strengthen and enhance parents’ knowledge of their roles and responsibilities as their children’s first teachers
- how to engage in interactive literacy activities with children and how to engage with schools and teachers
Penn State understands the importance of family literacy and has partnered with the College of Education to offer you an online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy program.
Family Literacy at Penn State
Our program's online curriculum was created in partnership with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the National Center for Families Learning. These national organizations promote the values of family learning and 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.
Courses May Count Toward Related Programs
Postbaccalaureate students enrolled in family literacy certificate courses may be able to apply credits to other programs and certificates, such as:
- Lifelong Learning and Adult Education (Master of Education)
- Curriculum and Instruction (Master of Education)
- Children's Literature (Graduate Certificate)
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.
Eligible applicants may submit an application for a scholarship that applies to the four required courses. The Family Literacy Scholarship includes 25% off tuition for the first three courses and 50% off tuition for the fourth course. Applications will be accepted until all scholarships have been awarded. Applications for the scholarship can be found in the Graduate School application.
Who Should Apply?
This program was developed to enable professionals to enhance their skills and credentials with a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to literacy instruction. Professionals in many fields can benefit from this certificate, including:
- teachers, staff, and administrators in family literacy, family learning, family engagement, or two-generation programs
- early childhood educators
- elementary and middle school teachers
- school counselors
- family, social, and human service professionals
- reading specialists
- parent or school/community liaisons
- adult educators
- parents of home-schooled children
- people considering a career in family literacy or a related field