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The Next Step

Improve your skills as a literacy coach and program leader.

The Literacy Leadership and Coaching Certificate is an online and on-campus post-graduate level certificate. Reading specialists are frequently asked to fulfill curriculum leadership and coaching roles at the district and school level. The Standards for Reading Professionals developed by the International Reading Association contains language that calls for increased attention and preparation for Reading Professionals, specifically aimed at coaching classroom teachers; improved leadership skills, and the ability to work with diverse populations. Many existing Reading Specialists will need additional training and advanced coursework to develop new skills in order to meet the new and evolving demands of the position.

The Literacy Leadership and coaching Certificate is designed for practicing teachers who have completed the Master's Degree Elementary Education/Reading Specialist Degree, Curriculum Leaders, and/or certified Reading Specialists who are seeking to improve their skills in literacy coaching, program leadership, and working with diverse populations of students. The online certificate program begins in the fall semester of odd years (e.g. 2017, 2019, etc.) and runs three consecutive semesters.

Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Certificate Application
    Apply Online
  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for all students
  4. Three letters of recommendation
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Official copy of GRE or MAT score
  7. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Educational Leadership in the current graduate catalog.

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Literacy Leadership and Coaching, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at

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