Certificate in Early Language and Literacy
Telephone: (302) 831-6500
Dr. Bahira Sherif Trask, Coordinator
Faculty Listing: http://www.hdfs.udel.edu/content/faculty
The Graduate Certificate in Early Language and Literacy is designed for early care and education professionals desiring expertise in early language and literacy education for children from birth through age five. All coursework emphasizes early language and literacy development within the context of programs serving children and families from diverse socioeconomic and language backgrounds.
Required coursework emphasizes 1) knowledge and skills to work with families and early childhood programs to support early language and literacy development, 2) knowledge and skills to teach early language and literacy through the developmentally appropriate and research-based practices, and 3) knowledge and skills to work with children and families from diverse socioeconomic and language backgrounds.
Course Requirements Credits
HDFS 621 Family Studies I: Empirical & Theoretical Perspectives
HDFS 647 Family Partnerships in Early Childhood Care and Education 3
Early Language and Literacy Foundations
HDFS 606 Early Childhood Literacy Skill Development 3
HDFS 656 Professional Development & Supervision 3
Early Language and Literacy Curriculum
HDFS 667 Early Childhood Literature
EDUC 601 Language Development in the Classroom
EDUC 602 Childhood Literature 3
English Language Learners
EDUC 676 Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism
EDUC 740 Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Successful completion of this Graduate Certificate Program requires five 3-credit graduate courses with a minimum grade of B- in all courses.
Students will be expected to complete this program within 4 years.
This Graduate Certificate Program can serve as an entry point into the existing MS Program in Human Development and Family Studies. Participants in the Graduate Certificate program can apply for admission into the MS program upon completion of 6-9 credits in the Graduate Certificate Program. Upon admission into the MS program, all 15 credits will count toward the MS degree. The MS in HDFS has concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Leadership in Nonprofit Administration, and Family Support. By building upon existing coursework, the Certificate does not require new courses or resources.
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