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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Reading and Literacy K–12

This program is not currently accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

In this certificate program, students can develop the skills and experience needed to become effective reading and literacy educators, satisfy additional teaching requirements, or transition to a different focus in their career. Through an exploration of reading research, theories, and practices, they can gain an understanding of how to diagnose reading difficulties and assess solutions. The program blends subjects like theory, critical thinking, and promotion of literacy development. Upon completion of the certificate program, educators will be better equipped to support their students to apply literacy skills and effectively connect, interpret, and discern the intricacies of the English language.   

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
Semester 1

EDUC 6631 - Foundations of Reading: Theory, Research, and Practice

3 semester credits

EDUC 6632 - Assessment and Instruction to Promote Literacy Development

3 semester credits
Semester 2

EDUC 6633 - Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking in Content Disciplines

3 semester credits

EDUC 6634 - Assessment and Intervention for Students With Reading Difficulties

3 semester credits