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Nora Peterman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy/Urban Teacher Education
Language and Literacy Programs Coordinator
312 Education Bldg.

Develop specialized knowledge and skills to address reading and writing difficulties. Promote literacy achievement for all learners.

Reading Intervention

The Language and Literacy Graduate Reading Intervention Certificate is designed for educators in various school, community, and organizational contexts who desire advanced training in language and literacy development, but who do not wish to complete a full graduate degree program. Students meet with their advisor to design a program of study that meets their educational experiences and professional goals.

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Flexible and Personalized Program Structure

  • Flexible program delivery meets the needs of busy teachers and professionals: All courses are available online, and no campus visits are required.
  • Program consists of 12 credit hours (4 classes) and can be completed in less than one year.
  • Your advisor will work with you to design a program of study that meets your individual interests and professional goals.

Who benefits from this degree?

  • Teachers who do not want to complete the additional coursework for an MA or EdS degree at this time, and who want to develop skills and strategies for teaching students who struggle with reading and writing
  • Supervisors, administrators, and community-based educators who want to elevate their professional knowledge and skills to support language and literacy instruction, program evaluation, and organizational development.

Certification Options

This certificate does not lead to Missouri K-12 Special Reading certification. Note: Students who are interested in obtaining this certification must consult with their advisor to determine eligibility and required coursework. Additional coursework may be required beyond 12 credit hours.

Application Deadline

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You can begin the program in any semester.
  • Completed applications must be received at least 10 days prior to the start of classes for the following semester to ensure a timely admissions decision.

Admissions Requirements

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application, including transcripts.

Application Procedures

  • Complete the online UMKC Graduate Application.
  • Submit your official transcripts to the UMKC Admissions Office. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically to the Admissions Office, either through transfer from your academic institution or through secured email

Questions about the application process can be directed to the Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies Division Office: 816-235-2245, or education@umkc.edu