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Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership

Graduate certificate, online program

Drive school change and improve reading and writing outcomes. 

Based on the work of Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell, and other literacy teaching and coaching experts, this online graduate certificate program will help you develop a culture of professional learning within your school or across your district.

Gain literacy coaching and leadership expertise for greater student success. Learn ways for working with teachers, school leaders, and stakeholders to develop a common understanding of effective practices in literacy instruction. Discover how to foster shared leadership for long-term school improvement.

Whether you’re a literacy coach, teacher leader, or administrator who wants to build upon your knowledge, or you’re an educator looking to grow into one of these roles, this certificate will help you gain the skills to be effective in your career. The program is designed to help you to:

  • Learn about reading and writing processes to support your colleagues' professional development
  • Help teachers reflect on their teaching
  • Design coaching sessions with teachers to support their reading and writing instruction
  • Develop a plan to work with administrators, teams, and stakeholders to increase leadership opportunities and to build professional capital in your school or district
  • Create a school culture built on trust, collaboration, and respect
  • Lead and sustain the work of school leadership teams to support the school’s vision for teaching and learning

To participate, you should be working in or have access to a school or district environment so you can practice theories and strategies you're learning in your coursework.

Online Graduate Program Inquiry Form

Program Structure

100% Online

12 Credits, Accelerated 8-Week Terms
What are the benefits of an online program?

When you earn your certificate online, you have the flexibility to study when and where you want. You’ll learn in a virtual community that supports you, with interactive elements like chats and discussion forums that keep you connected. With access to the latest online learning tools and educational resources, you can be sure you’re getting everything a Lesley education has to offer.

Licensure Information

Lesley University cannot confirm whether the course or program of study will meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any state other than Massachusetts. We advise all applicants and students to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure or certification in the state in which they reside or plan to practice.

Careers in Literacy Coaching & Leadership
This graduate certificate supports the work of educators working in or looking to grow into these types of roles:


Total approximate cost for this certificate program.
Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership
Estimated Cost

All graduate students are reviewed for merit scholarships through the admissions process and are awarded at the time of acceptance. Other forms of financial aid are also available. Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective in the Summer term.

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Total approximate cost for this certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2023-2024 academic year.
We are committed to providing you with opportunities to support your academic goals. Federal aid and a variety of other options can help make your education more affordable.

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