Online courses in family literacy offered fall 2013

The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University (PSU), a partner of NCFL, announces two post-baccalaureate online courses for the Family Literacy Certificate to be offered fall semester, 2013. The courses are offered through the PSU World Campus and begin September 4 and end December 4.

These two courses comprise half of the four courses required for completion of the Family Literacy Certificate, a practitioner-based program that will enhance your skills in the field of family literacy and provide specific professional development for the basic elements of family literacy: adult education, early childhood education, and interactive literacy.

The fall 2013 line-up includes ADTED 457, “Adult Literacy” (3 credits), taught by Dr. Blaire Toso, and ADTED 458, “Early Literacy Development and Parental Involvement” (3 credits), taught by Dr. Beth Grinder.

“Adult Literacy” examines the literacy needs of adults as they pertain to the role of parent, worker, and community member, with a focus on how to engage parents who have low-level skills in literacy activities, especially as they transfer to the home.

“Early Literacy Development and Parental Involvement” focuses on young children’s language and literacy development, including ways that parents and staff support this development research related to children’s learning; and ways in which family literacy supports early literacy development.

As our field moves forward, we encourage you to consider taking these World Campus courses that will add accredited courses to your professional development to advance the field. Registration for both courses is now open.

“The depth of learning was exceptional—I never thought I would be able to learn so much in an online course,” said one student.

For more information about World Campus admissions: 800-252-3592 (toll free)

About the Family Literacy Certificate:

Or, contact Drucie Weirauch directly at or 814 865-6686.