Early Grade Reading in Developing Countries Graduate Certificate

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The Early Grade Reading Graduate Certificate is the first university program that focuses specifically on early grade reading in developing countries. This 15-credit, fully-online program offers state-of-the-art professional development for practitioners and policymakers working on early grade reading projects around the world.

Who should consider the Early Grade Reading Graduate Certificate?

  • Are employed by a governmental or a non-governmental organization and would like to build your capacity to develop, monitor and improve early grade reading programs in development contexts
  • Are a practitioner or policymaker working in early grade reading and would like to enroll in a university-accredited professional development program but cannot attend on-campus classes in the U.S.
  • Are an international education professional interested in applying to the master’s degree program in international education at UMass Amherst (the 15 credits earned can be applied to the 36-credit master’s degree)

The Early Grade Reading Graduate Certificate is most suitable for those who work or intend to work in early grade reading projects in developing countries.

For more information about the Early Grade Reading Graduate Certificate contact egrcert@umass.edu.

Course of Study

Courses may be taken in any order.

Course Description Credits
EDUC 680 How Children in Developing Countries Learn to Read (Foundation Course) 3
EDUC 680B Systems to Support Early Grade Reading 3
EDUC 697TP Teacher Preparation and Support for Early Grade Reading 3
EDUC 687T Materials and Technology for Early Grade Reading 3
EDUC 687R The Role of Community and Family in Supporting Early Grade Reading 3

 

EDUC 680 How Children in Developing Countries Learn to Read

This course introduces participants to the basic principles of children's reading acquisition in low-resource classrooms in developing countries, no prerequisites.

EDUC680B Systems to Support Early Grade Reading in Developing Countries

This course will introduce you to the components of systems to improve early grade reading in developing countries and to system reform and change.

EDUC697TP Teacher Preparation and Support for Early Grade Reading

This on-line course introduces participants to the theories and research on how to support early grade reading teacher preparation and support; open to masters- or doctoral-level; no prerequisites.

EDUC 687T Materials and Technology for Early Grade Reading

The purpose of this course is to help the student develop a critical appreciation of the system of development and use of material resources to support reading.

EDUC 687R Role of Community & Family in Supporting Early Grade Reading

This course will help the student analyze and make a plan for using evidence-based strategies to improve community and family participation in supporting early grade reading.

Admissions

Admissions is on a rolling basis.

Prerequisites

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Work or intend to work in the field of education and/or early grade reading
  • Have sufficient English reading and writing skills to participate in the courses (As a guideline, this would be equivalent to at least 80 on the TOEFL IBT. Note that you DO NOT need to take the TOEFL or submit any scores.)

International applicants (non-U.S. citizens) are welcome.

We encourage participants to apply to the certificate program by the end of the second course.

Required Materials

  1. Fill out the online application form
  2. Send the following materials to egrcert@umass.edu:
    1. Résumé or CV
    2. Personal statement (maximum 1 page single-spaced), explaining your interest in the certificate, how your professional and educational background makes this program a good fit for you, as well as your professional development goals.

Transfer of Credits

If, after you complete the requirements for the Early Grade Reading Graduate Certificate, you apply to and enroll in either the master’s (36 credits) or doctoral program with a specialization in International Education, you will be able to apply all 15 credits to that program.