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Elementary Literacy Micro-Credential

Created in partnership with the Florida Department of Education and the Division of Early Learning, the UF Lastinger Center for Learning’s Flamingo Literacy Micro-Credentials are available at no cost to Florida instructional personnel in an effort to create accessible and on-demand reading professional development. They give instructional personnel an opportunity to work at their own pace while implementing new instructional strategies in real-time and receiving individualized feedback and one-on-one support from an assessor. 

What does it do?

The Elementary Literacy Micro-Credential prepares elementary instructional personnel to:

  • Identify literacy difficulties accurately
  • Apply evidence-based practices
  • Engage in effective progress monitoring and intervention  

Who should participate?

PreK (public or private) and kindergarten through fifth grade (public) instructional personnel, including but not limited to:

  • Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Media Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Interventionists

When does enrollment begin?

The Elementary Literacy Micro-Credential can be completed in four months. Access the document below to learn more about upcoming offerings, enrollment dates and FAQs.

Why participate?

  • $2,000 completion stipend for Early Childhood Personnel*

  • Allows instructional personnel to teach intensive reading intervention, if supervised by an individual who is certified or endorsed in reading

  • Satisfies Competency 1 of the Reading Endorsement

  • Satisfies the 40-hour reading requirement for renewal

  • Learn to analyze grade-level FAST progress monitoring data

  • Use assessment data to plan standards-aligned instruction to meet student need 

*School Readiness (SR) child care personnel is defined in ss. 1002.88(1)(e) and 402.302(3), F.S.; and VPK instructors is defined in ss. 1002.55, 1002.61, and 1002.63, F.S.

Limit 1 completion stipend per Early Childhood Personnel*.

How does it work?

The Elementary Literacy Micro-Credential is a hybrid model of online modules, instructor-supported online courses, and job-embedded practicum:

Component 1

Delivery Method: Asynchronous, online course
Foundations of Literacy: Science of Reading | 20 hours 

  • Oral Language
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Early and Advanced Decoding 
  • Fluency 
  • Vocabulary 
  • Comprehension

Instructional personnel have the option to test out of Component 1 via a pre-test. If mastery is earned during the pre-test, they will enroll in Component 2.

Component 2

Delivery Method: Asynchronous, online course
Instructional Practice | 20 hours

Instructional personnel will learn how to provide reading intervention and practice using student data to inform their teaching strategies. Class exemplar data sets will be provided for the following grades:

    • Kindergarten
    • First and Second Grade
    • Third Grade
    • Fourth and Fifth Grade 

Component 3

Delivery Method: Online, instructor-supported, job-embedded practice
Practicum | 20 hours

This 20-hour job-embedded practicum provides instructional personnel with case study data, based on either STAR or Cambium progress monitoring assessments, for an individual student from the class profile.