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CLM Program Requirements, Description, and Application Information

Application to the CLM program is made not only on the part of the literacy coaching candidate but also on the part of the school and the district. Applying for the program is an explicit commitment by the coach, the principal, the school's faculty, and the superintendent to join with the PCL network in transforming their literacy teaching according to the principles of effective practice articulated in the PCL features, standards, and guidelines. Click here for more details about PCL schools.

Program Admission Requirements
Coaching applicants must

  • hold a master's degree in literacy education or other related field; 
  • hold a valid teaching license;
  • be employed as literacy coach in their school or be under contract to be the literacy coach during the preparation year;
  • have a minimum of three years of teaching experience; and
  • meet UNI requirements for admission to graduate study.
  • A final requirement is that the coach's school must have Reading Recovery as one of the components of its literacy program.

In addition, it is recommended that coaching applicants have experience in school leadership roles such as teacher leader, instructional coach or strategist, staff developer, or school administrator.

The applicant's principal, director of curriculum, and instruction (or equivalent, if applicable)  and superintendent must also complete the appropriate sections of the application. These sections assure their commitment to adhere to the features, standards and guidelines of PCL and their support of the coaching applicant in the performance of the roles and responsibilities of a PCL Literacy Coach.

Click here to go to the application form.

Preparation Program Description
The CLM Literacy Coaching program runs over the course of a full academic year beginning with a summer institute and includes 21 hours of UNI graduate-credit coursework. Courses include the following:

Summer Institute:  LITED 7310 Coaching in Comprehensive Literacy Model (3 hrs.). Students attend a four-day institute at the Jacobson Center in Cedar Falls and complete online coursework following the institute. 


LITED 7304 Literacy Leadership I  (3 hrs)
LITED 7307 Theories of Reading and Writing Processes (3 hrs.)
ELEMECML 6201 Issues and Trends in Curriculum (3 hrs.)

LITED 6260 Roles of the Reading Specialist (3 hrs.)
LITED 7306 Theories of Reading Difficulties (3 hrs.)
LITED 7305 Literacy Leadership II (3 hrs.) 

During the fall and spring semesters, CLM coaches-in-preparation begin working on implementation of the PCL model in their schools. This task is the central focus of the preparation program and is tightly integrated with all coursework. Coach candidates make monthly visits to the UNI campus for classes that typically last two or three days (usually Monday-Wednesday). Each semester, one of these visits coincides with a Jacobson Center activity that is open to other participants as well.

Coursework generally consists of readings that are directly related to the implementation of the PCL model; small-group and whole-group discussion of the readings; observation of PCL model schools, classrooms, and meetings; planning for implementation, and reflection on implementation. These tasks are accomplished not only during the on-campus class meetings but also through online activities that occur outside of on-campus meetings. In their schools during the preparation year, coaches can expect to teach a CIM small group of students, work intensely with model classroom teachers, conduct and facilitate professional development sessions of various types with their school faculty, and work with their principal to establish meeting routines as well as school-wide assessment and instructional systems. 

2013-2014 Schedule of CLM Literacy Coaching Preparation Program
June 24-27  Summer Institute
August 26-28  Class on campus
September 23-25  Class on campus
October 7-8  Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Literacy Academy
November 4-6 Class on campus
December 2-4  Class on campus
January 13-15  Class on campus
February 10-12  Class on campus
March 31-April 2 Class on campus
April 28-30  Class on campus 

Details regarding registration, accommodations, and times will be furnished as they become available to coaches who are admitted to the program.

Tuition: $175/graduate credit hour for 21 hours - $3,675
Training Fees: $3,825
*Training fees cover texts, materials, site visits, and other costs associated with the program.
TOTAL: $7,500

Financial Assistance
Applicants for the Literacy Coaching Certification Program may apply for financial assistance for completing the program. The Jacobson Center makes available certain funds that are awarded on a competitive basis. Factors taken into consideration in the awarding of funds include evidence of low achievement or high-risk factors that are often correlated with low achievement, as well as systemic commitment to the PCL program. The application for financial assistance lists these factors in more detail. At the end of the application, applicants are asked to provide commentary and documentation that provide greater detail regarding the school's decision to apply for admission to the PCL program.

Program Standards
This program is based on the International Reading Association (IRA) Standards for Reading Professionals, These standards focus on six major areas of preparation: 1) foundational literacy theory and research, 2) literacy curriculum and instruction, 3) literacy assessment and evaluation; 4) diversity and literacy, 5) creating literate environments in schools, and 6) professional learning and leadership, including the specific roles of literacy coaching, supervising, and coordinating a school's literacy program. The certificate's program of study includes a focus on teaching diverse learners, including research-based interventions for working with struggling readers.