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Certificate in Language & Literacy

The focus of Bay Path University's Certificate in Language and Literacy is to help graduate students acquire a set of adaptable skills in education that can be utilized to support learners with language and literacy challenges in classroom settings.

• 12 Credit Certificate - 4 core courses
• Program schedule is a combination of online and on campus courses (offered in either Concord, East Longmeadow, or Sturbridge, Massachusetts)
• Classes begin every February, June, and October

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
SPE525 Multisensory Language and Literacy Strategies 3

Students explore content and teaching strategies used to develop competent readers and writers, based upon guidelines in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and techniques for developing skills to facilitate placement in the least restrictive environment. Topics include the teaching of reading; expanding literacy across the content areas, language arts instruction, diagnosis and assessment of reading skills using a variety of assessment techniques, educational terminology; theories of language development; design and modification of curriculum and intervention programs for success in reading for all levels, and concepts of digital literacy are introduced.  Focus on identifying and developing appropriate multisensory structured language strategies including knowledge of theories, programs and practices, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary development, use of formal and informal assessments; and ways to prepare and maintain students in general education.  At least 10 hours of instruction covering the teaching of reading are delivered in this course.

SPE543 Teaching of Writing 3

Designed to provide educators with the information necessary to teach all students, this course focuses on the current research on evidence-based writing strategies and programs. Participants will identify and engage in instructional methods for supporting struggling writers. Exposure to assistive technology, assessment, and the arts will be explored as ways to increase and support writing outcomes for all students.

SPE547 Structure of Language Part l: Phonology, Orthography, Morphology 3

This course is designed to give participants a working knowledge of phonetics, phonology, orthography, and morphology - the building blocks for effective teaching of word recognition, vocabulary, and spelling - and insight into the difficulties of children with decoding and encoding problems.

SPE548 Reading and Language Arts for English Language Learners 3

The course focuses on current theories and their applications related to the teaching of ELLs. This course is designed to promote continuous improvement in educator practice, and to build teachers’ confidence and familiarity with research-proven practices for working with ELLs. This course is made up of two modules: A) ELLs: Their World and Second Language Acquisition Process in the SEI Classroom and B) Academic Language and Literacy Development in the SEI Classroom. Students are only endorsed for SEI if they complete an initial licensure program at Bay Path University.