Advanced Certificate in Reading & Literacies (grades 5-12) NR2

The core program leads a NYS Certification in Teaching Literacy (grades 5-12) (Initial + professional).

Course requirements

This program includes a total of 15-30 credits. When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for Advanced Certificate in Reading & Literacies (grades 5-12) NR2

Specialization Courses   
ED446 Collaborative Teaching Partnerships in Inclusive Classrooms
ED405 Assessment in Instructional Contexts
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
ED409 Language and Literacy in Education
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in School
EDU495 Theory and Practice for Reading Professionals

Choose 2 reading electives; options include but are not limited to:
EDU440 Children's Literature and Literacy Learning
EDE444 Children's Literature Across the World
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development
ED480 Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
ED582 Critical Literacy
EDU481 Integrating English and Technology
EDU435 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)
EDU431 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning English
EDU443 Implementing Innovation in English Education
ED490 Genesee Valley Writing Project

EDF424 Practica in Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools 1
EDF425 Practica in Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools 2


1. As per University of Rochester policy, no more than one third of the credits required for this advanced certificate can be transferred from another institution.

2. Any of the courses and internships listed above may be waived if an equivalent course/internship was already taken in a prior program (with advisor, chair, and Associate Dean's approval).

3. Internships should be taken concurrently with a methods course (i.e., EDU427, EDU495, EDU431 or EDU443).

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • MS degree
  • Initial Teaching Certification in any specialization
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought (Required for program completion with Spring 2019 admits)
  • Initiate NY State Teacher certification process with the Warner School Certification Officer
  • 3 Years of Teaching Experience with the First One Conducted in a Mentored Situation (NOT a graduation requirement but needed before applying for professional certification)