Graduate Certificate in Reading

Become a more effective teacher with specialized skills in reading instruction. Saint Leo’s graduate certificate in reading qualifies you for the State of Florida’s reading endorsement.

Why choose Education at Saint Leo?

With the 18-credit hour Reading certificate program, you will hone your teaching skills through focused study in:

  • Research and instructional approaches to improving 5-9 student reading skills
  • Children's and adolescent literature for use in the K-12 reading program
  • Theories and approaches to the teaching of reading
  • Assessment measures to determine students' literacy levels in elementary and secondary schools
  • Diagnosing, prescribing and implementing reading plans for improvement

Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's leaders in the classroom. In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award. Our instructors are current practitioners in the field of school administration and regular presenters at national and international conferences.

Saint Leo also offers a 36-credit Master of Education with Reading concentration, as well as M.Ed. concentrations in Educational Leadership, Instructional Leadership and Exceptional Student Education.

Flexibility for the working professional

Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. The graduate certificate in Reading can be taken as a blended program combining traditional, in-person classes with a variety of delivery formats—including online options and video conferencing.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on how a graduate certificate can fit into your busy life.

Professional development opportunities

  • Florida Certification: Earn your State of Florida K-12 reading certification and reading endorsement.
  • Field experience: In a supervised practicum, work with K-12 students in a classroom setting—diagnosing, prescribing, and implementing a reading plan for improvement.
  • 21st century classroom: Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the MimioVote™ assessment system and interactive SMART Boards.
  • Co-curricular activities: Participate in the Future Teachers Association and join Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

Where are Saint Leo Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers, principals and administrators in school districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education negotiates. The majority teach in Florida school districts, including Pasco, Hillsborough and Putnam.

Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Graduates consistently receive "Teacher of the Year" and "Administrator of the Year" awards in their districts.

Admission requirements

Take the next step in your career. Apply for Saint Leo's graduate certificate in Reading today.


Certificate Requirements

Reading Courses (18 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • EDU 546 Reading in the Content Area 3

    Students will examine current research and instructional approaches that focus on improving student reading skills. Students will learn to develop an understanding of the challenges students face while reading, how to identify reading demands in content areas, identify the appropriate use of narrative and expository text in the content area classroom, develop strategies that enhance student learning of domain vocabulary, and how to develop lessons to include reading skills in the content area classroom. Field experience required.

  • EDU 602 Foundations in Reading 3

    This course provides the education major with the investigation of basic theories underlying traditional and recent approaches to the teaching of reading. It includes the study of the five essential components of the reading process: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. This course also provides the opportunity to interpret informal reading inventories and other diagnostic measures used for assessing the major elements of reading growth of the five essential components of reading. Field experience is required.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing

  • EDU 605 Elementary Reading Assessment and Intervention 3

    This course focuses on providing teachers with formal and informal assessment measures to use to determine students’ literacy levels in the elementary school. This course also presents the students with knowledge and use of effective scientifically based intervention strategies. Field experience is required.

  • EDU 610 Secondary Literacy, Assessment, and Intervention 3

    This course focuses on providing teachers with formal and informal assessment measures to use to determine students’ literacy levels in the secondary school. This course also provides the students with the knowledge and use of effective scientifically based intervention strategies. Field experience is required.

  • EDU 612 Language and Literacy 3

    Increase teacher knowledge of theories and research regarding the development of language and literacy in children. Increase teacher knowledge to identify and analyyze the role of oral lanaguage in the literacy process to design and/or locate scientifically research based activities to develop oral language at all levels for all students including ELLS, students with disabilities and students with 504 plans. Field Experiences required.

    Prerequisites: EDU 602 - Foundations in Reading

  • EDU 673 Supervised Practicum in Reading (16 weeks) 3

    This course requires the graduate student to work with several K-12 students in a classroom setting - diagnosing, prescribing, and implementing a reading plan for improvement. Students will apply ‘best practices’ in reading instruction based upon concepts and research acquired in the prerequisite courses in the Reading Program. Field Experience Required. Please complete your Field Experience Log

    Prerequisites: EDU 546, EDU 602, EDU 605, and EDU 610 or permission of the Director.

Electives (0 Credits)

Total Credits 18