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Join a community of educators from all content areas for Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy, a 15-credit post-baccalaureate program offered through the Lehigh Valley Writing Project. Similar in design to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s range of educational endorsements, the Writing Specialist Certificate is designed to afford educators deep study in all aspects of teaching literacy.

The program contains twelve core credits plus a 3-credit elective concentration for a 15-credit certificate with classes being held at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus in Center Valley. Participants may pursue their National Writing Project Fellowship with the optional 3-credit capstone course.

SUMMER 2016
Select one elective concentration

EDUC 400 - Diversity and Cultural Awareness Practices in K-12 Classroom (3 credits)

Monday–Friday • July 11–15, 2016 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
This course is focused on understanding oneself and one’s role as an educator through a social justice lens. Teachers will gain an awareness of the systems of privilege, discrimination, power, and oppression operating in their classrooms so as to incorporate these ideas into the curricula they teach.

EDUC 432 - Children's Literature in Teaching Writing (3 credits)

Monday–Friday • July 18–22, 2016 • 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 
Participants will learn methods for transferring writing skills and literary devices from literature to student writing in all subject areas.

EDUC 464 - Technology and the Learning Process (3 credits)

Monday–Friday • July 25–29, 2016 • 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 
This course examines and evaluates the relationship between technology-based resources for writing and learning theories.

FALL 2016
Required core courses

EDUC 452 (Section I) - Teaching Writing to Grades K-2 (3 credits)

Tuesdays • August 16–October 18, 2016 • 4:30–7:30 p.m.
The first course in the series offers techniques for teaching as a writing process, kindergarten through grade 2, including writing in the content areas and incorporating the Common Core State Standards. This course is the prerequisite for EDUC 463, 425, and 477. NOTE: Be sure to select only one section of EDUC 452.

EDUC 452 (Section II) - Teaching Writing to Grades 3-12 (3 credits)

Tuesdays • August 16–October 18, 2016 • 4:30–7:30 p.m.
The first course in the series offers techniques for teaching as a writing process, from third through twelfth grades, including writing in the content areas and incorporating the Pennsylvania Core Standards. This course is the prerequisite for EDUC 463, 425, and 477. NOTE: Be sure to select only one section of EDUC 452.

EDUC 463 - Teaching with Modern Web Technologies (3 credits)

Thursdays 4:30–7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
October 27, 29, November 10, 12, December 1, 3 and 8, 2016

The focus of this course is educational theory and practice applied to the Internet, relating content from writing theory, educational foundations, curriculum, and research. Prerequisite: EDUC 452

SPRING 2017
Required core courses

EDUC 425 - Literacy Assessment (3 credits)

Thursdays, 4:30–7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
January 5, 7, 19, 21, February 2, 4 and 9, 2017

This course emphasizes alternative literacy measures for assessing writing, specifically focusing on portfolio and performance evaluation for classroom and large scale assessment. Prerequisite: EDUC 452

EDUC 477 - Teaching Struggling Readers and Writers (3 credits)

Tuesdays February 21–May 2, 2017 (no class 3/7 due to spring break) 4:30–7:30 p.m
This course offers a comprehensive overview of learning problems and effective strategies for teaching K-12 students who have difficulties reading and writing. Prerequisite: EDUC 452

SUMMER 2017

Our elective courses are designed in response to emerging teacher needs across the Lehigh Valley and are subject to change. For Summer 2017 elective updates, visit the Lehigh Valley Writing Project website.

Who should apply?

K-12 teachers in all content areas • ESL, gifted, and special education teachers • Literacy coaches • Paraprofessionals • Curriculum coordinators • Administrators

*Writing Project Fellows may transfer their six Summer Institute credits.

Courses in the Certificate program may count as electives in the Master's in Teaching and Curriculum through Penn State Harrisburg

For questions and program information, visit www.lvwp.org or contact Nancy Coco at nxc4@psu.edu or by phone at 610-285-502.

To register, contact Kathy Eck at kde1@psu.edu or by phone at 610-285-5060.

 

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