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Advanced Literacy Leadership Certificate


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Become a literacy leader

As a student in the Advanced Literacy Leadership Certificate, you’ll be encouraged to act as agents of change in your classroom, school, and community. You’ll enhance learning by using social and cultural backgrounds and the variety of ways individuals learn, challenging the notion of the expendability of children, and valuing children and youth inclusive of race, class, gender, exceptionality, home language, or other social, physical, or cultural characteristics.

This certificate With the Advanced Literacy Leadership Certificate, you will:

  • Gain a foundation in the theoretical and practical bases of effective instruction, including critical and digital literacy.
  • Develop the expertise needed to enrich the literacy learning of diverse students across developmental levels, academic disciplines, and social and cultural contexts. 
  • Become an advocate for literacy through a comprehensive understanding of literacy development, process, and instruction.
  • Extend your learning as a literacy leader and equip yourself to carry these philosophies and skills into your work as a specialist, coach, coordinator, or supervisor.

What will it take?

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Next Session Starts
June 3, 2024

Advanced literacy leadership program details

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Start dates and application deadlines

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply and start your literacy certificate at three separate times throughout the year. We recommend applying at least six weeks before the term you want to start to ensure your spot.

How to Apply

Fall 2023 term starts
Spring 2024 term starts
Summer 2024 term starts

Adv. literacy leadership program format

Hamline’s Advanced Literacy Leadership Certificate is offered primarily online. One course is offered in a hybrid format, and you’ll complete your practicum in your workplace.

Time to complete your literacy certificate

The typical time to complete the certificate is two terms or 7 to 8 months, though you can extend that time if you decide to take fewer courses each term.

Advanced Literacy Leadership courses

You’ll finish your certificate in advanced literacy leadership in four courses.

  • GED 8150: Initial Leadership Assessment (2 credits)
  • LANG 8340: Critical Issues in Literacy Leadership: Understanding and Advocating at Local, State, and National Levels (2 credits)
  • LANG 8350: Advanced Literacy Leadership (4 credits)
  • LANG 8360: Advanced Practica in Literacy Leadership (2 credits)

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How to apply to the literacy leadership certificate

Applying to the Advanced Literacy Leadership Certificate program is simple and only required if this is the first certificate you’ve applied for at Hamline or if you are not enrolled in another Hamline School of Education degree or certificate program.

  • Online application (no fee)
  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally-accredited college or university.
    • This should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. Official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the institution to
    • You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.


Apply your certificate toward a master’s degree

Enrolling in a certificate program is a great way to experience what the master's programs at Hamline are like. With the Advanced Literacy Leadership Certificate, you’ll earn credits that you can apply toward a Hamline master's degree in education or literacy education, or the doctorate in education.

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