Reading and Writing Certificate

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This certificate program is designed for those who are interested in professional development in the field of reading and writing or in obtaining a Reading and Writing certificate. The 15-credit program consists of five Reading and Writing (RL) courses

Getting started is easy, just complete the online application for admission and provide a transcript showing the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher and a current résumé. No admissions tests are required. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to complete the graduate certificate.

Students can complete the 15 credit Reading and Writing certificate by itself or in conjunction with our MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.

Reading and Writing Certificate

Required Courses – 15 credits

Total for Reading and Writing Certificate – 15 credits

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction
Students will complete the 33 credit master’s degree program with the following requirements.

Master’s Core Component – 15 credits

Specialization Component – 15 credits

With your advisor choose 15 credits of electives 15

Students can choose the Reading and Writing Certificate or the Online Instructional Design Certificate to meet the specialization electives.

Capstone Experience – 3 credits

Total for MEd in Curriculum and Instruction – 33 credits

Admission Requirements
The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee
Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing the Curriculum and Instruction program can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2019:

  • Summer 2019 – April 15, 2019
  • Fall 2019 – August 1, 2019
  • Spring 2020 – December 1, 2019

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Spring 2019 Registration Now Open
Summer and Fall Registration Begins April 8

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Course Offerings” tab, and using the first “Class Schedule Search” option. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

  • Foundational Knowledge
    • Interpret, demonstrate a critical stance toward, and inform other educators about the scholarship and major theories of reading and writing processes and development to understand the needs of all readers in diverse contexts; Analyze classroom environment quality for fostering individual motivation to read and write (e.g., access to print, choice, challenge and interests).
    • Interpret, summarize, and inform others about historically shared knowledge (e.g., instructional strategies and theories) that addresses the needs of all readers.
    • Model and communicate the importance of fair-mindedness, empathy and ethical behavior when teaching students and working with other professionals.
    Curriculum and Instruction
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the research and literature that undergirds the reading and writing curriculum and instruction for all pre-K-12 students; Develop, implement, and adapt curriculum, materials and in-depth instruction to meet specific needs of all students including English language learners and those who struggle with reading and writing.
    • Work with teachers and other personnel in developing a literacy curriculum that has vertical and horizontal alignment across pre-K-12.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of and a critical stance toward a wide variety of quality traditional print, digital, and online resource in an accessible classroom library and materials collection that meets the specific needs and abilities of all learners.
    Assessment and Evaluation
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the literature, research, and purposes related to assessments and their uses and misuses.
    • Administer, interpret, and analyze appropriate assessments and data for students, especially those who struggle with reading and writing; Lead school-wide or larger scale analyses to select assessment tools that provide a systemic framework for assessing the reading, writing, and language growth of all students.
    • Use multiple data sources to analyze individual readers’ performance and to plan instruction and intervention.
    • Lead teachers in analyzing and using individual, classroom, grade-level, or school-wide assessment data to make instructional decisions; Plan and evaluate professional development initiatives using assessment data.
    • Analyze and report assessment results to a variety of appropriate  audiences for relevant implications, instructional purposes, and accountability.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which diversity influences the reading and writing development of all students, especially those who struggle with reading and writing to; Assist teachers in developing reading and writing instruction that is responsive to diversity.
    • Provide and support classroom teachers in providing differentiated instruction and instructional materials, including traditional print, digital, and online resources, that capitalize on diversity; Collaborate with others to build strong home-to-school and school-to-home literacy connections; Provide support and leadership to educators, parents and guardians, students, and other members of the school community in valuing the contributions of diverse people and traditions to literacy learning.
    • Provide students with linguistic, academic, and cultural experiences that link their communities with the school; Advocate for change in societal and institutional structures that are inherently biased or prejudiced against certain groups; Collaborate with teachers, parents and guardians, and administrators to implement policies and instructional practices that promote equity and draw connections between home and community literacy and school literacy.
    Creating a Literate Environment
    • Arrange instructional areas to provide easy access to books and other instructional materials for a variety of individual, small-group, and whole-class activities and support teachers in doing the same; Modify the arrangements to accommodate students’ changing needs.
    • Create and support teachers in creating, supportive social environments for all students, especially those who struggle with reading and writing.
    • Understand the role of routines, and implement effective routines for creating and maintaining positive learning environments for reading and writing instruction using traditional print, digital, and online resources; Support teachers in doing the same for all readers especially for those who struggle with the reading and writing.
    • Use evidence-based grouping practices to meet the needs of all students, especially those who struggle with reading and writing; Support teachers in doing the same for all students.
    Professional Development
    • Use literature and research findings about adult learning, organizational change, professional development, and school culture in working with teachers and other professionals; Use knowledge of students, teachers, and research to build effective professional development programs.
    • Articulate the research base related to the connections among teacher dispositions, student learning, and the involvement of parents, guardians, and the community; Promote the value of reading and writing in and out of the school; Join and participate in professional literacy organizations, symposia, conferences, and workshops; Demonstrate effective interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills; Demonstrate effective use of technology for improving student learning.
    • Collaborate in leading, and evaluating professional development activities for individuals  and groups of teachers; Support teachers in their efforts to use technology in literacy assessment and instruction.
    • Demonstrate an understanding in local, state, and national policies that affect reading and writing instruction; Write or assist in writing proposals that enable schools to obtain additional funding to support literacy efforts; Promote effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders including parents and guardians, teachers, administrators, policymakers, and community members; Advocate with various groups for needed organizational and instructional changes to promote effective literacy instruction.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted.

2018-19 Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $525 $38 $563
Certificates $525 $38 $563
CAGS $555 $38 $593
EdD $615 $38 $653

2018-19 Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $605 $38 $643
Certificates $605 $38 $643
CAGS $645 $38 $683
EdD $710 $38 $748

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.


Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIRE – Complete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT – We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL – Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at

CHAT – We would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

ED, ID and RL Course Offerings 2019
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when the required Education, Online Instructional Design and Reading Writing classes will be offered for the Curriculum & Instruction program. Please note this is subject to change.