Sixth-Year Certificate

Reading and Language Arts

Central to Opening 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. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates interpret and summarize historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components.
  • Candidates support classroom teachers and other education professionals in using instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
  • Candidates lead classroom teachers and other education support personnel in analyzing and using assessment data to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
  • Candidates provide support and leadership to educators, parents, students and other members of the school community in valuing the contributions of diverse people and traditions to literacy learning.
  • Candidates participate in, design, facilitate, lead, and evaluate effective and differentiated professional development programs.