A 2-Year Certification Designed to Support Teachers

Our comprehensive certification is designed to increase teachers’ ability to deliver high-quality language and literacy instruction.

  • 50+ hours of coursework
  • 30+ hours of classroom application
  • Dedicated access to coaches
  • IACET-accredited program
  • CEU-and CDA-bearing courses

of early childhood teachers
say they are not very familiar with
the science of reading and only


feel they are very prepared to help
children build early literacy skills

Build Teachers’ Confidence

Developed with insights from literacy experts, the six-unit program will increase teachers’ confidence by enabling them to

  • gain foundational knowledge on the science of reading,
  • build the foundation for reading skills,
  • apply theory to classroom practice,
  • obtain actionable guidance through coaching, and
  • build a comprehensive portfolio for certification.

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What’s Included

Live & On-Demand Courses

Ensure teachers are incorporating the essential elements children need to succeed as readers with on-demand and live courses that are IACET-accredited and CEU-bearing and count toward the CDA.


Classroom Application

After diving into on-demand and live courses, teachers incorporate best practices and techniques from the science of reading into their classroom and track their progress along the way.


Dedicated Coaching

Teachers connect and apply what they have learned in their science of reading training with the support of dedicated coaches. Whether teachers work with a coach in a small group, 1:1, or in open office hours, our coaches will help them get the most from our program.


Professional Learning

Teachers engage with a large community of early childhood educators to further build their practices and learn together with and from their peers.


Journal and Portfolio

A journal and portfolio will document teachers’ learning and provide them a place to interact, share examples of what they have applied in the classroom, and get direct feedback from their coaches.

PD Teacher Membership

Combine the power of a professional learning community of more than 80k early childhood educators with year-round, 24/7 access to

  • over 400 hours of content,
  • science of reading courses built in partnership with the Atlanta Speech School,
  • an 8-week onboarding program,
  • CEU-bearing classes and courses, and
  • courses to fulfill all CDA and CCDF training requirements.

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More Reasons to Love Early Literacy Certification


Comprehensive Approach

Our approach includes both literacy and language, not just a singular focus on reading.


Real Classroom Application

The program heavily emphasizes how to put the theory and research of the science of reading into practice.


Dedicated Coaching

Unlike other programs, Early Literacy Certification offers the dedicated support of a language and literacy coach throughout the two-year program.


Accredited and Aligned

Teaching Strategies is IACET-accredited, and the certification includes CDA- and CEU-bearing courses and is aligned to literacy professional development & training requirements.


Professional Development PLUS

The certification includes our broader Professional Development Teacher Membership, which offers over 400 hours of courses, an educator community of 80K, and much more.


What’s included in the certification?

The certification provides 50+ hours of coursework and 30+ hours of application, including CEU-bearing, on-demand courses, live teaching events, classroom application, a professional learning community, dedicated access to a language and literacy coach, and a portfolio documenting the journey. The program also includes all the benefits of Teaching Strategies’ Professional Development Teacher Membership.

Does the Early Literacy Certification training specifically show how to apply best practices based on the science of reading to The Creative Curriculum and GOLD?

Although the Early Literacy Certification program is applicable for any curriculum, there is specific instruction in how to apply science of reading best practices to The Creative Curriculum and GOLD.

Will the certification count towards a teacher's CDA?

Yes. The program will count towards the hours needed to earn your CDA.

What type of coaching is included as part of the certification?

Teachers will have dedicated coaches who will work with them throughout their certification. How they work with their individual coach is flexible: they can meet with their coach in open office hours, in small groups with other educators, or 1:1.

How long will it take to earn the Early Literacy Certification: Foundations in the Science of Reading?

While it is a 2-year program, teachers are able to complete individual units at their own pace.

Bring the Science of Reading to Life in Your Early Childhood Program.

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