Graduate Certificate Programs

Early Literacy Graduate Certificate

al otaibaBecome a more effective early literacy teacher. Earn a graduate certificate in Early Literacy from SMU.


Our 18-credit hour certificate program provides professional development for K-2 classroom teachers in high need public schools to meet the literacy needs of their students. Working with highly skilled reading research faculty, teachers will master the tools to provide comprehensive, coherent, and complete early literacy programs in the regular classroom using highly effective and evidence-based teaching methods.

Through the generosity of a private donor and SMU, substantial scholarships are available for highly motivated K-2 classroom teachers in high need public schools. Apply starting September 16 for this substantial scholarship. The cost to teachers will be only $40 per credit hour.

18 Credit Hours of Coursework

  • Uniquely focused on early language and literacy acquisition designed to prepare teachers to prevent reading failure and to identify students who require more intensive and specialized support.
  • Courses include: Foundations of Literacy, Assessment, Diverse Learners, and Literacy Practica.
  • The capstone course will be a leadership institute that involves not only SMU faculty, but other leaders in the field of literacy from across the country.
  • Training includes in-class instruction, supervised tutorial practica, and online learning.
  • Upon completion of this certificate program, teachers will be prepared to help most children read on grade level; they will also be prepared to identify the small minority of students who need additional support to read on grade level.