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Adult Literacy Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Email: olpd@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 14
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Adult Literacy PBacc Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The adult literacy certificate is designed to prepare teachers, administrators, trainers, and counselors in the broad political, social, economic, and theoretical aspects of adult literacy in a global environment.
Program Delivery
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
US bachelor's degree or international equivalent.
Special Application Requirements:
Admission is open to degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students. Students may pursue the certificate alone or concurrently with a UM master's or doctoral degree program.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
The adult literacy certificate requires a minimum of 14 credits. Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.
Adult Literacy
minimum of 6 credits from modules below
Module 1
OLPD 5211 - Introduction to the Undereducated Adult (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5212 - Introduction to Adult Literacy in the Workplace (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5213 - Introduction to Adult Literacy in the Community (1.0 cr)
or Module 2
OLPD 5224 - Formal Assessment of Adult Literacy (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5225 - Informal Assessment of Adult Literacy (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5226 - Advanced Assessment of Adult Literacy (1.0 cr)
or Module 3
OLPD 5233 - Methods of Teaching Beginning Adult Literacy (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5234 - Methods of Teaching Intermediate Adult Literacy (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5235 - Methods of Teaching Advanced Adult Literacy (1.0 cr)
Adult Education
minimum 3 credits
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5202 - Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development (3.0 cr)
Field Experience
minimum 3 credits
OLPD 5296 - Field Experience in Adult Education (1.0-6.0 cr)
Electives
Minimum 2 credits. Other courses may be be taken with program advisor approval.
CI 5647 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or CI 5651 - Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education (3.0 cr)
or CI 5656 - Teaching Literacy in Second Language Classrooms (3.0 cr)
or CI 5657 - Teaching Speaking and Listening in Second Language Classrooms (3.0 cr)
or CI 5662 - Second Language Curriculum Design (3.0 cr)
 
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OLPD 5211 - Introduction to the Undereducated Adult
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Definitions of literacy in workplace, community, and family. Issues: poverty/welfare, ethnicity, cultural diversity, social class, language/learning, immigrants.
OLPD 5212 - Introduction to Adult Literacy in the Workplace
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Review workplace literacy programs, funding, program planning, and needs assessment. Reaching/recruiting workers. Role of employers and the unions. Writing for low literacy employees. prereq: 5211 or ADED 5211
OLPD 5213 - Introduction to Adult Literacy in the Community
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Community programs in United States. Literacy building. Family literacy skills. Correctional education in reintegrating offenders back into community. Integrating people with disabilities through community literacy programs. Literacy/development in developing countries. Reaching/recruiting indigenous, migrant, immigrant groups. Social action approaches to literacy education. prereq: 5211 or ADED 5211
OLPD 5224 - Formal Assessment of Adult Literacy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Assessment of adult English/literacy skills for work, family, community, and continuing education. Formal testing policy, techniques, standardized tests. Assumptions about testing, cultural bias, and interpretation of formal tests. Test preparation programs. prereq: 5211 or ADED 5211
OLPD 5225 - Informal Assessment of Adult Literacy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Informal assessment of adult English/literacy skills for work, family, community, and further education. Informal testing techniques, setting educational goals, formal versus informal assessment. prereq: 5211 or ADED 5211
OLPD 5226 - Advanced Assessment of Adult Literacy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Applications/case studies. Educational planning for work, family, community. prereq: 5211 or ADED 5211
OLPD 5233 - Methods of Teaching Beginning Adult Literacy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Learning English/literacy as an adult. Initial approaches to teaching reading, writing, and communications skills. Theories of learning/curriculum design. Technology as teaching tool. Teaching students with disabilities or with cultural/gender differences. prereq: 5211 or ADED 5211
OLPD 5234 - Methods of Teaching Intermediate Adult Literacy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Learning English/literacy as an adult. Approaches to teaching reading, writing, and communications skills. Communication/comprehension in oral/written English. English reading/oral communication skills for workplace. Evaluating commercial materials/software. prereq: [5211 or ADED 5211], [5233 or ADED 5233]
OLPD 5235 - Methods of Teaching Advanced Adult Literacy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Approaches to teaching reading, writing, study, communication skills. Preparing students for college/continuing education. English in workplace/on Internet. Problem solving, analytical thinking. Technology as teaching tool. Evaluating commercial material/software. prereq: 5211 or ADED 5211
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Psychological theories of adult learning; learning styles and personality types; teaching styles; group and team learning; moderating and study circles; teaching technologies and distance learning; gender, race, and cultural communication. Applications of strategies. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5202 - Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Emphasis on major adult development theorists, theories, and current applications. Transformative learning, self-directed learning, experiential learning, and cooperative learning provide theoretical framework for exploring physiological, psychological, sociological, and cultural aspects of adult development through the life span.
OLPD 5296 - Field Experience in Adult Education
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised fieldwork and practice. Presentations and evaluations of adult education practices.
CI 5651 - Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical overview of second language teaching/learning in U.S. introduction to second language acquisition. Second language instructional concepts across elementary, secondary/university options for foreign language, bilingual education, immersion language programs, and English as a second language programs. Theoretical frameworks for language instruction are tied to practice.
CI 5656 - Teaching Literacy in Second Language Classrooms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Reading comprehension/composing processes in a second language; relationship between first and second literacy development; relationship between reading and writing; relationship of culture to reading comprehension and writing; politics of literacy; assessment of second language literacy; using technology to enhance literacy instruction.
CI 5657 - Teaching Speaking and Listening in Second Language Classrooms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Theories/methods in teaching language as communication in oral/aural modes; planning student interaction; classroom organization for oral language learning/acquisition; using technology to enhance interaction; assessment of listening comprehension and oral communication.
CI 5662 - Second Language Curriculum Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical overview of curriculum development in second language education; contexts that influence curriculum development; models for curriculum development in second language settings; politics of curricular reform; national/state standards and implications for curriculum development; effects of technology on second language curriculum.