The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a graduate certificate program in early grade reading designed for those implementing reading programs in low-income country contexts. The program includes five fully online courses for practitioners and policymakers engaged in improving early grade reading outcomes. Courses include: How children in developing countries learn to read; Systems to support early grade reading; Teacher preparation and support; Materials and technology; and the Role of community and family in supporting EGR. Participants can take individual courses or they can complete all five to obtain the certificate. Courses are offered in the spring, summer and fall, and may be taken in any order.
Past course participants have included practitioners working in Malawi, Indonesia, Senegal, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Kenya and Bhutan. They also have included staff working for USAID, World Learning, World Education, UNICEF and other organizations. For an overview of the program, visit this page on the UMass Amherst College of Education website. Registration is now open for the next course, “How Children Learn to Read,” starting May 21. Download the course flyer here.