Price $225.00

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Course Features
Language: English
7-Week, Facilitated Course
Graduate Course: 3 Credit Hours
Study Level: Advanced
College of Charleston Transcript


Based on the belief that students in K-12 schools need leaders who promote and love literacy, this course explores how shared literacy leadership can establish strong literacy programs in schools. The course will examine how collaboration with the primary stakeholders (parents) and creating a culture of literacy, schools and districts can be more successful. As well, issues of balance in literacy will be explored and how these issues impact literacy learning.

This course is for professional development credit only. VirtualSC PD courses do not count towards any type of degree.

Course Outline

Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Laying the Foundation for Literacy Leadership
Week 3: Collaboration with Stakeholders
Week 4: Data: Looking Beyond the Numbers
Week 5: Leadership and Fairness
Week 6: Challenges in Literacy
Week 7: Creating a Culture of Literacy


This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.

This course is one of four that leads to certification as a literacy specialist. Prior to completion of this course, the participant should have already successfully completed each of the following courses:

Required Materials

Lead with Literacy: A Pirate’s Guide to Developing a Culture of Readers by Mandy Ellis is a required professional book for this class. It can be ordered from Amazon in paperback for $18 or on a variety of digital platforms for various lower costs as well. All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop, other than the book listed above, are available online.


When you register for a graduate course there are two steps: first with VirtualSC PD and then with The College of Charleston. Upon registration with VirtualSC PD, directions will be emailed to you for completing registration with The College of Charleston. Check the email used to create your Genius account often.

  • Registration with The College of Charleston is required for each graduate course in order for credit to be awarded.