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scholarships for Penn State's online family literacy certificate

Please share with interested colleagues!

For the first time, scholarships are available for the online Family Literacy Certificate, offered through the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy! Please share this news with practitioners (e.g., recent teacher education graduates) and others who may be interested. The scholarship is worth nearly 1/3 off the cost of tuition for the 4-course Certificate.

The Certificate is ideal for elementary and middle school teachers; teachers, staff, and administrators in family literacy, family learning, family engagement, or two-generation programs; early childhood educators; school counselors; family, social, and human service professionals; reading specialists; parent or school/community liaisons; librarians; adult educators; parents of home-schooled children; and people considering a career in family literacy or a related field.

Penn State Family Literacy Certificate


A limited number of scholarships are available each year for students enrolled in the Family Literacy Certificate. Scholarship recipients will receive a 25% off tuition for the first three courses and 50% off the fourth course, for a total scholarship package of approximately $3200. Scholarship recipients will gain a world-class education at a reduced cost. Applications will be accepted until all scholarships have been awarded.

Eligibility for Scholarship:

  • Must be accepted into the post-baccalaureate Family Literacy Certificate program.
  • Must complete the Certificate (4 courses) within 3 years.
  • Must maintain a B or higher to be eligible for a discount on the next course.

Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy:

  • Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.
  • 3-credit postbaccalaureate courses.
  • Helps professionals gain high-quality, research-based knowledge about family literacy.
  • Act 48-approved provider for PA educators; may count toward professional development hours.
  • Use credits toward electives for other World Campus programs, including Master of Education degrees in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education and Curriculum and Instruction.

Family Literacy Certificate Courses:

  • Fall 2018

    • Introduction to Family Literacy (ADTED 456) explores the concept of family literacy and how it contributes to the literacy growth of the parent (caregiver), children, and other family members. The course addresses serving diverse and vulnerable families, models of family literacy, the key components of family literacy (adult, early childhood, and parent education; interactive literacy), the role of case management and family support, professional development and program improvement, and advocacy.
    • Early Literacy Development (ADTED 458) focuses on young children’s language and literacy development, including ways that parents and staff support this development using research related to children’s learning.
  • Spring 2019
  • Summer 2019
    • Adult Literacy (ADTED 457) provides practitioners with an overview of adult literacy issues, research, theory, and instructional practices in the context of family literacy and how they pertain to the many roles of parents, workers, and community members.

For information about the Certificate and Scholarship, contact Dr. Beth Grinder McLean at or 717-432-3498 or link to

To learn more about applying for the Certificate, contact World Campus admissions at 800-252-3592.


Leecy's picture
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This is great news. I hope that those who take courses will share what they learn with the rest of us here. Thanks, Esther! Leecy

esprins's picture

Thank you! We hope that these scholarships will make the Certificate accessible to practitioners who might not otherwise be able to afford it.