Reading/Writing Literacy Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS)

About the Program

This interdisciplinary certificate is designed for K–12 teachers seeking to increase knowledge in literacy instruction. It offers a strong pedagogical and theoretical core, including courses from the Colleges of Education and Communication and can apply toward advanced degrees in either College. The Reading/Writing Literacy Certificate of Graduate Study program also trains practitioners in the area of Reading/Writing Literacy and prepares teachers for National Board Certification.


Program Code: COG-RWLITRCY / Major Code: G126

  • Total semester hours required graduate work for program completion: 15 s.h.
  • Thesis Requirement: None

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 15)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Required Courses (15 s.h.)
READ 30515 Teaching Reading and Writing Across the Grades 3
READ 30520 Content Area Literacy 3
READ 30535 Word Study: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction 3
READ 30552 Selected Topics in Reading 3
MAWR 01549 Issues in Composition 3
MAWR 01556 Assessment of Writing 3
MAWR 01618 Special Topics in Writing 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Standard NJ instructional certification
  • Your resume should clearly indicate the number of years you have been teaching.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 01/20/2015 11/01/2014
Summer 2015 05/26/2015 04/01/2015
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 08/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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