CISLL launches graduate certificate

Greta Chan attends CISLL’s Fall 2013 seminar series.
Greta Chan attends CISLL’s Fall 2013 seminar series.

New to NIU’s list of graduate certificates this fall is the Certificate of Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy.

Incorporating courses from the colleges of Education, Health and Human Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences, the certificate offers a broad range of perspectives on language and literacy.

Graduate students completing this certificate will develop a broad understanding of language and literacy theory, research and practice, allowing them to engage in cutting-edge research and practical application in educational and community contexts.

The certificate is administered by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy (CISLL), an interdisciplinary center focused on the study of lifespan language and literacy across diverse populations and contexts.

CISLL brings numerous events and speakers to NIU relating to language and literacy. This year’s fall and spring seminar series addresses the topic of college readiness in literacy. This semester, the seminar focuses on theories, policies and contextual issues relating to college readiness in literacy; the spring seminar will address cognitive and instructional components.

Open for anyone to attend, the seminar takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Room 136 of the Psychology Building.

Logo of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language & LiteracyAnother annual CISLL event is the Methodology Workshop, which teaches all who attend innovative research methodologies. Last summer, the workshop focused on current trends in quantitative methods in the social sciences.

“What I enjoyed most about the workshop was it gave me an opportunity to review quantitative research methodologies,” said J. Schwartz, a second-year doctoral student in educational psychology who attended the summer event. “It reinforced what I had learned in previous courses.”

CISLL has a broad range of faculty and graduate student affiliates interested in language and literacy. Being an affiliate offers many advantages including funding opportunities for faculty and student research and invitations to attend CISLL events and workshops.

For more information, call (815) 753-5793, email cisll@niu.edu or connect via Twitter or Facebook.

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