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Reading and Literacy

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The program informs classroom teachers about the current state of knowledge regarding scientifically based reading and literacy practices and bridges the gaps between theory, research and practice so that graduates of the program are able to apply new knowledge and skill to the reading/literacy problems confronting educators in urban, suburban and rural settings. It also provides content knowledge about instructional scaffolding in the development of reading/literacy methods to teach students from culturally diverse and at-risk environments. An additional goal of the program is to encourage collaborative relationships across literacy communities within schools and within and across communities at large.

Those who complete the certificate may apply credits to earn a Master of Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in reading/literacy.

The master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in reading/literacy leads to certification as a reading specialist. The program provides teachers and other educators a firm foundation in reading and literacy education. It is a K-12 reading specialist certification, designed for teachers who wish to gain additional competencies that will enable them to work effectively with learners, teachers and K-12 school-community personnel in improving reading/literacy instruction in the schools.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions
Spring – Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements: 

A resumé and full teacher certification (not a provisional license) are required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday