Sixth-Year Certificate in Reading and Language Arts

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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


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

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.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Dr. Julia Kara-Soteriou
Program Coordinator

Academic Department

Literacy, Elementary, & Early Childhood Education

Learning Outcomes


  1. Foundational Knowledge: Candidates interpret and synthesize theoretical and evidence-based foundational and historically shared knowledge of literacy and language and the ways in which they interrelate.
  2. Curriculum and Instruction: Candidates design, select, adapt, teach, and evaluate evidence-based literacy curricula, supplemental, and intervention approaches, programs and materials that meet the needs of all learners; candidates collaborate with school and district personnel, coach, and/or facilitate efforts in selecting, designing, analyzing, implementing, and/or evaluating the school’s literacy curriculum, evidence-based instructional approaches, interventions, and supplemental programs to improve student learning.
  3. Assessment: Candidates design, adapt, evaluate, and implement evidenced-based assessment tools; administer and interpret assessment data and collaborate with school and district personnel, assist, coach, and/or facilitate professional learning activities to foster the use of reliable and valid assessment and evaluation, to inform classroom and schoolwide decisions, instruction, and interventions.
  4. Diversity and Equity: Candidates advocate for culturally responsive curriculum and instruction, and collaborate with school and district personnel, assist, coach, and/or facilitate professional learning activities in creating, analyzing, transforming, and implementing diverse culturally responsive learning experiences that link school, home, and community literacy knowledge.
  5. Literacy Environment: Candidates create a positive literacy-rich environment and provide support to and coach teachers in developing a physical and social learning environment that integrates a variety of print and digital materials and digital technologies in appropriate, safe, and effective ways.
  6. Leadership: Candidates use their knowledge of adult learning and leadership to facilitate various literacy initiatives, collaborate, coach, support teacher inquiry and reflectivity, and work with teachers and other school leaders to advocate on behalf of students, families, and communities for effective literacy programs, practices, and policies.
  7. Practicum/Clinical Experiences: Candidates complete supervised, integrated, extended practica/clinical experiences that include intervention, collaboration, and coaching for instructional practices, curriculum design, professional development, or family/community–school partnerships.