Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention

This 16 credit certificate is jointly offered by the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Exceptional Education, and Educational Psychology. If you are a professional in a K-12 school who works with students who struggle with language and literacy, including both English speakers and English Language Learners, this program may be of interest to you.

Career Opportunities

The program is for individuals who would benefit from updating their knowledge about current research and teaching methods in language and literacy and from learning about current approaches to intervention, such as Response to Intervention (RtI), a federal initiative contained in the 2004 reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which directs more money and attention to integrated, interdisciplinary intervention.

The ILLI Certificate makes focused specialists able to communicate in a variety of intervention fields.

It is designed to create interventionists with an understanding of research and practice in a variety of fields like reading/literacy, special education, educational psychology, and communication disorders. In 16 short credits, school professionals can gain an intellectual footing in intervention disciplines in which they have little to no background in.

Course Requirements

1. All students will take a core course designed to provide a foundation in language and literacy research and theory.

2. Then, students select an additional 12 credits from the electives offered, as determined by their needs and interests. These 12 credits provide expertise in a variety of disciplines related to language and literacy.

3. Finally, students will take a one-credit capstone course, which encourages a synthesis of the various disciplines building toward a problem-solving process for intervention. Assignments would include a project linking theory, research and practice across disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention Course Listing (PDF)

How to Apply

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admission. Applicants must have at least one of the following certifications or degrees:

• Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology
• Initial Teaching license
• Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Linguistics or a language/literacy related field
• Bachelor's degrees in other fields and professional experience in education, literacy and language

Applicants also must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and must declare their intent to pursue the certificate before completion of six credits in the certificate sequence.

Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.0 graduate grade point average.

An application must be filed with the certificate program coordinator and a copy of the form must be sent to the Graduate School, confirming a student’s admission to the certificate program.

Applicants not already admitted to the Graduate School must file a non-degree application with Graduate Student Services. Successful admission to the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the other graduate programs.

Talk to Advisor

Tania Mertzman Habeck teaches courses in literacy and reading and is responsible for the Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist programs. Her research interests include the instruction of students who struggle with reading in public school classrooms. Subtle social and cultural interactions that can influence literacy instruction and learning dominate her research agenda. Mertzman Habeck earned her M.A. from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and her Ph.D. in reading/language arts from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Dr. Tania Mertzman Habeck
Associate Professor - Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: 414-229-4931
Office: Enderis Hall 323