The 6th year Certificate of Advanced Study in literacy is a 36-credit, state-approved, and nationally-recognized by the International Literacy Association as a program that prepares candidates to serve as literacy professionals in their schools and districts. The first 21 credits yields the state certificate for the Remedial Reading/Remedial Language Arts Specialist (state endorsement 102). With the completion of four additional courses, candidates are eligible to apply for the for the Reading Consultant Certificate (state endorsement 097).

Scholarly work, undertaken during the last two courses in the program, is the result of candidates’ action research in self-selected topics that addresses identified areas of need in literacy. Over the course of two semesters, candidates design and implement projects in their respective school districts and present their findings through the writing of a formal research paper. The capstone experience is the Sacred Heart University Annual Literacy Conference, which provides the platform for prospective reading professionals to share their research with colleagues, university faculty, teachers, and administrators within the community.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Reading Strategies in Content Area Math, Jennifer Bachman O’Brien

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The Role of Discourse and Its Effects on Reading Comprehension in the ELA Classroom, Laurie Coville

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Fluency: What does IT really mean?, Jacquelyn E. DePierro

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The Mania of Morphemic Analysis: Multisyllabic, Meaningful, Magical, Jennifer Fritz

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Discourse in the Elementary Classroom, Kathryn Hardy

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Vocabulary Acquisition for ELs, Sarah Johnson

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ABC: It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3 – The Importance of a Multisensory Approach in Phonological Awareness Instruction, Chelsey Marsh

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Engaging the Disengaged: Using Every Trick in the Book, Brooke Prusaczyk

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Meaningful Vocabulary Instruction: Bridging the Way to Comprehension, Joanne Riback

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Employing Engagement to Enhance Literacy Learning, Kerry Zrenda