Literacy, Leadership, and Coaching Certificate

The Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership is proud to offer a Certificate in Literacy, Leadership, and Coaching. This program offers an in-depth theoretical and pedagogical understanding of literacy practices, assessment, and policies. By working closely with dedicated faculty you can earn a degree that will enhance your ability to influence the profession of literacy and ultimately positively affect the lives of children. This program is offered fully online.

The program prepares graduates for positions as:

  • Literacy Coaches
  • Lead Teachers
  • Reading Specialists
  • Curriculum Coordinators

Our College of Education is accredited by NCATE (National Counsel of Accreditation in Teacher Education) and aligned with the International Literacy Association standards. The faculty from the online Masters in Literacy program has the desire and expertise to work with students with diverse experiences and specialties.

The Literacy, Leadership, and Coaching Certificate program is flexible and convenient for classroom teachers or other full time professionals who have multiple responsibilities, yet are motivated to advance their education.

Program Admission

To be admitted students should apply to the Graduate School as a Master's Degree seeking applicant. Under 'Planned Course of Study' the student should select 'Literacy, Leadership, Coaching CERT'.

Students interested in receiving a Certificate in Literacy, Leadership, and Coaching must have 3 years teaching experience, and must have passed the 'Library Media Specialist' Praxis (5311). Students may take all courses prior to meeting the three years teaching requirement; however, they will not receive a Reading Endorsement and Literacy Coach Certificate until meeting the state's requirement of three years teaching experience. 

Program Requirements

A total of 5 courses are required plus Praxis exam and 3 years teaching experience for certificate and endorsement.

LITL 7540 Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School (Summer)
LITL 7541 Literacy Assessment and Intervention (Spring)
LITL 7545 Teaching Literacy in the Subject Areas (Spring, Fall, Summer)
LITL 7560 Literacy Leader and Coach (Fall)
LITL 7000 Literacy and the English Language Learner (Fall)

These courses also apply toward our online Masters of Science degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership with a concentration in Literacy.

Contact Us

Graduate Office: 901-678-4861
icl-graduate-studies@memphis.edu