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Teachers are critical to a child’s readiness to read. That’s why every child deserves a teacher who has the expertise to lead him or her up the path to literacy achievement. In the spirit of that aspiration, Ball State University offers a graduate certificate in literacy instruction.

This online certificate meets the Indiana licensing requirements by the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) for reading teachers. It’s a good option for reading coaches, reading specialists, remedial reading teachers, and other elementary teachers who would like to add a reading license to their current Indiana license.

The certificate courses are taught by faculty who hold doctorates and teach in Ball State's Teachers College, one of the most comprehensive and renowned colleges of education in the country. The certificate can be completed in two or three semesters.

The 15-credit certificate is also a good option if you’re considering a master’s degree in the future because it partially completes requirements for the master's in elementary education (MAE) with a concentration in reading/literacy.

Program Contacts

Becky Druetzler
Academic Advisor

Lisa Hawkins
Director of Graduate Programs

Course Requirements

You are required to take 15 credits to complete the certificate. 

  • EDRD 610 The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • EDRD 624 Integrating Technology in the Literacy Program (3 credits)
  • EDRD 640 Current Trends and Issues in Literacy (3 credits) OR EDRD 650 Organization and Supervision of a School Reading Program (3 credits)
  • EDRD 680 Classroom Reading Diagnosis (3 credits)
  • EDRD 685 Advanced Teaching Methods in Language Arts (3 credits)

For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

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Completion of this certificate does not lead to initial licensure.

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