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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.

EDUC 452 Teaching Writing (3 credits)
Tuesdays • August 18, 2014 to October 21, 2014 • 4:30 – 7:30 pm 
The first course in the series offers techniques for teaching the writing process, kindergarten through grade 12, including writing in the content areas and incorporating the Common Core State Standards. This course is a pre-requisite for EDUC 463, 425 and 477.

EDUC 463 The Internet and K-12 Education (3 credits)
Thursdays (4:30-7:30pm) / Saturdays (9am-3pm)
October 30, November 1, 13, 15 and December 4, 6 and 11, 2014
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


EDUC 425 Literacy Assessment (3 credits)
Thursdays (4:30-7:30pm) / Saturdays (9am-3pm)
January 16, 18, 30, February 1, 13, 15, and 20, 2014 
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 25 - May 6, 2014 • 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
(no class 3/11 – Spring Break)
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

EDUC 432 Children's Literature in Teaching Writing (3 credits) 
Monday - Friday • June 23 - 27, 2014 • 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. No prerequisites

EDUC 464 Technology and the Learning Process (3 credits)
Monday - Friday • July 7 - 11, 2014 • 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This course examines and evaluates the relationship between technology-based resources for writing and learning theories. No prerequisites

EDUC 497 Using a Writer's Notebook to Empower Writers (3 credits)
Monday - Friday • July 28 - August 1, 2014 • 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This course will explore the endless possibilities of using a writer's notebook to strengthen and broaden both student writing and classroom instruction. Best suited for grades kindergarten - 8th. No prerequisites

Lehigh Valley Writing Project Fellowship (3 credits)
Monday - Friday • July 14 - 18, 2014 • 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This capstone course to the Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy is an elective option which confers the National Writing Project Fellowship status and experience upon those desiring advanced engagement with writing at both the local and national levels. This course will provide students an opportunity to hone their classroom technique as well as engage as reflective practitioners in conducting classroom inquiry. Students will demonstrate a lesson from their classroom experience, mining for best practices in writing, and will refine the lesson based on feedback from colleagues and instructors for both classroom use and professional development presentations. Classroom inquiry will begin in the summer course and be completed during the fall teaching period.

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 Director, Continuing Education nxc4@psu.edu 610-285-5026

To register, contact: Kathy Eck, Registrar kde1@psu.edu 610-285-5060


Penn State Lehigh Valley
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Center Valley, PA 18034-8447

Phone: 610-285-5000
Fax: 610-285-5256


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