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Secondary Literacy Micro-Credential

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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 classroom strategies in real-time and receiving individualized feedback and one-on-one support from an assessor. 

What does it do?

The Secondary Literacy Micro-Credential prepares secondary instructional personnel to:

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

Who should participate?

Sixth through twelfth grade instructional personnel (public schools, including charters)

  • Classroom teachers
  • Student personnel services staff members
  • Librarians/media specialists
  • Education paraprofessionals
  • Other instructional staff

When does enrollment begin?

Please complete the interest form below to receive communication about offerings for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The Secondary Literacy Micro-Credential can be completed in 10 weeks. Access the document below to learn more about upcoming offerings, enrollment dates and FAQs.

Why participate?

  • $1,000 completion stipend for eligible K-12 instructional personnel
  • Allows instructional personnel to teach intensive reading intervention, if supervised by an individual who is certified or endorsed in reading 

  • Satisfies Competency 1of the Reading Endorsement 

  • Earn 60 inservice hours
  • 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 needs 

  • Apply evidence-based best practices to core subject areas 

Stipend Eligibility

$1,000 completion stipend

    • Completions on or after July 1, 2023: K-12 instructional personnel as defined in 1012.01(2) and employed at a Local Educational Agency (LEA) public school or publicly funded charter school
      • Classroom teachers
      • Student personnel services staff members
      • Librarians/media specialists
      • Education paraprofessionals
      • Other instructional staff

Upon successful completion of the Secondary Literacy Micro-Credential, our Stipends Processing Team will reach out with next steps to complete the stipend application.

View stipends and check your eligiblity with our self-check tool on the Stipends Hub.

How does it work?

The Secondary Literacy Micro-Credential is a hybrid model of online modules, instructor-supported online courses, and job-embedded practicum. All coursework must be completed in English.

Part 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.

Part 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:

    • Sixth – Eighth Grade
    • Ninth – Twelfth Grade

Part 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. 

Weekly assignment submissions are expected for successful completion of the course.

If you want to receive direct communication about our programs, including updates or enrollment notifications, please fill out our Program Interest Form!