Adolescent Literacy and Learning

This specialization offers practical strategies for adapting classroom instruction across content areas to meet Common Core State Standards, National Board Standards, and other state standards. Through this standards-driven approach, this specialization provides the tools you need to ensure your students develop the 21st-century literacy skills critical to success in college and future careers.

Reflecting the latest pedagogical shifts in teaching literacy, this specialization provides strategies for balancing informational and literary text, building knowledge through text, staircasing the complexity of text, engaging in rigorous text-based discussion, writing from sources to inform or persuade, building grade-appropriate academic vocabulary, and developing digital literacy skills.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

In this specialization, you will:

  • Apply evidence-based instructional and assessment practices to support student literacy and learning across content areas.
  • Analyze the nature of literacy and literacy learning in the lives of diverse populations of adolescents.
  • Explore informational, literary, and persuasive discourse models.
  • Implement research-based practices for teaching and assessing literacy in grades 6–12.
  • Examine the tools, texts, and trends shaping the digital literacy environment and requirements facing today’s adolescents.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Adolescent Literacy and Learning Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply research-based instructional practices to help students achieve Common Core State Standards and other state standards.
  2. Evaluate reading and literacy development of all students including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  3. Analyze the importance of literacy for lifelong learning.
  4. Analyze and apply literacy assessment data to inform reading and literacy instruction.
  5. Analyze the role of language development in reading and literacy.
  6. Apply professional learning as a scholar-practitioner to effect positive social change in literacy education.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6601 Course Adolescent Literacy and Learning Today Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6602 Course Reading to Learn in the Content Areas, Grades 6-12 Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6657 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6603 Course Writing to Learn in the Content Areas Grades 6–12 Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6604 Course Supporting Struggling Adolescent Readers Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6605 Course Adolescent Learners and the Digital Literacy Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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