Sixth-Year Certificate

Reading and Language Arts

Open New Worlds.

CCSU’s Sixth-Year Certificate in Reading & Language arts is an advanced degree program for educators interested in strengthening their skills in literacy instruction and applying them in the classroom or as reading specialists and/or language arts consultants. Program is aligned with the standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017 of the International Literacy Association (ILA). 

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August 
  • 30- to 36-credit program 
  • Attend part-time 
  • Classes offered evenings on campus and online 
  • Financial aid is available 
  • No GMAT/GRE required 

Program Options

Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts and Reading & Language Arts Consultant

Prepares graduates to qualify for two advanced endorsements (102-reading specialist and 097-language arts consultant).

Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts

Prepares graduates to qualify for advanced endorsement (102- reading specialist).


Prepares teachers who wish to stay in the classroom and continue to strengthen their skills in literacy instruction.

Did You Know?

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress only 35% of 4th-graders and 34% of 8th-graders were reading at or above proficiency in 2019. 

What You'll Gain

  • Ability to meet the ILA 2017 standards and/or the Connecticut state standards for advanced certifications in reading and language arts
  • Leadership skills of modeling and mentoring to ensure that classroom teachers and other support staff acquire a wide range of instructional practice, and use curriculum materials to facilitate their reading and writing instruction
  • Knowledge of various assessments appropriate for a wide range of diversity in the classroom
  • Ability to mentor and support classroom teachers and other professionals in the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessments to enhance student learning and communicate results to education stakeholders
  • Tools to support and mentor classroom teachers and other professionals in creating a literate environment to facilitate successful reading and writing for all children  
  • Commitment to be lifelong learners and scholars, through reading, research, and professional development  
  • Ability to be leaders in planning and implementing professional development programs for teachers and other professionals  
  • Advocacy skills to advance the profession and expand research-based practices