Adult Literacy certificate

Many of our social issues today are impacted by low literacy. As adults learn to read, they become more informed citizens, healthier and self-sufficient community members, stronger parents, and more capable employees.

Our certificate in Adult Literacy empowers teachers and reading specialists to make a difference in the lives of those affected by low literacy. Discover new strategies and learning tools, implement effective programs, and become an influential advocate for underserved learners.


  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills. Become a compelling proponent for change.
  • Earn a credential that distinguishes you from other job candidates in education, health and human service organizations, and in government agencies.
  • Earn a credential while building credits toward a full Master’s program.


  • 14 credits minimum completed in 1-2 semesters for full time students.
  • Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.
  • Program planning sheet [pdf]


Adult literacy (minimum of 6 credits from modules below)

  • OLPD 5211—Introduction to the Undereducated Adult (1 cr)
    OLPD 5212—Introduction to Adult Literacy in the Workplace (1 cr)
    OLPD 5213— Introduction to Adult Literacy in the Community (1 cr)
  • OLPD 5224—Formal Assessment of Adult Literacy (1 cr)
    OLPD 5225—Informal Assessment of Adult Literacy (1 cr)
    OLPD 5226—Advanced Assessment of Adult Literacy (1 cr)
  • OLPD 5233—Methods of Teaching Beginning Adult Literacy (1 cr)
    OLPD 5234—Methods of Teaching Intermediate Adult Literacy (1 cr)
    OLPD 5235—Methods of Teaching Advanced Adult Literacy (1 cr)

Adult education (minimum 3 credits)

  • OLPD 5201—Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5202—Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development (3 cr)

Field Experience (minimum 3 credits)

Electives (minimum 2 credits)

    Other courses may be be taken with program adviser approval.

  • CI 5651—Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education (3 cr)
  • CI 5656—Teaching Literacy in Second Language Classrooms (3 cr)
  • CI 5657—Teaching Speaking and Listening in Second Language Classrooms (3 cr)
  • CI 5662—Second Language Curriculum Design (3 cr)


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
612-626-9377 | herna220@umn.edu