Non-degree Certificate in Literacy Instruction

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Literacy Education
Associated Degree:
  • Certificate/Endorsement
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Non-Degree Program
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Nondegree Professional Development


This twelve-credit Graduate Certificate is available to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in many fields at Rutgers, and is open to all with a bachelor’s degree. The certificate program is designed to allow educators to develop expertise in the teaching of literacy, enabling them to optimize literacy learning opportunities for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Graduate students from programs outside of the field of education are also welcome; those students will acquire knowledge about the processes of literacy development and current instructional methodologies.

Students who complete the Certificate Program and then apply and are accepted into the Reading Specialist Ed.M. or endorsement programs in the GSE within five years may apply the twelve credits taken in the Certificate Program to those program requirements.


All applicants who are not currently in a Graduate/Non-degree program and don’t have an active RU ID # will need to complete a Graduate Study application. Applications can be completed online.

Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

Program Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in all of the required courses through Rutgers University. No program requirements may be met at any other institution.  Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student in the program. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

After completing all of the program requirements students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

A complete listing of program requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Lesley M. Morrow.