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January 23, 2023 @ 9:00 am March 19, 2023 @ 3:30 pm

Elevating Literacy Expertise Through Coaching

Develop your knowledge of the content and practices of effective literacy teaching.

In this 8-week online graduate course for literacy coaches, teacher leaders, and school administrators, learn about reading and writing processes to support your colleagues’ professional learning.

January 23–March 19, 2023 (Spring Term I)
Number of Days:
8 weeks
Grade Levels:
Leadership & Coaching
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Must be taken for graduate credit
Online Graduate Course
$2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Course Number: EEDUC 6404.80
  • Fees are subject to change
Course Description & Outcomes
Course Instructor
Cancellation Deadlines & Refund Policies


Schools improve when administrators support teachers’ professional learning. This online course is for literacy coaches, teacher leaders, and administrators who want to understand the link between coaching and teacher professional development. We’ll discuss how to use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, and other resources, to help you improve literacy teaching and learning in your school. We’ll also evaluate different models of content-based coaching, including collaborative coaching and intervention.

By enrolling in an online graduate course, you have the flexibility to learn at your own pace with the support of a virtual community and have access to a variety of educational resources and materials at your convenience.

Course Outcomes

  • Use professional resources and observational tools to sharpen the analysis of the teaching of reading and writing
  • Design an effective coaching session with a teacher: pre-lesson conference, classroom visit, and post-conference/coaching session to support the teaching of reading and writing
  • Select particular kinds of coaching to meet the needs of specific teachers: intervention, cluster coaching, as well as individual coaching sessions
  • Employ generative coaching to support teacher independence
  • Use language that opens conversation and promotes the analysis of teaching and its effects on learning
  • Link coaching sessions to professional development


Required Texts

You are responsible for purchasing/having access to the following professional texts for this course:

  • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2016). The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition: A Tool for Assessment, Planning, and Teaching, PreK-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2018). The Literacy Quick Guide. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2017). Prompting Guide, Part 1, for Oral Reading and Early Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2017). Prompting Guide, Part 2, for Comprehension: Thinking, Talking, and Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

This option must be taken for 3 graduate credits. Take the course individually or as a required course in our 12-credit Online Graduate Certificate in Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership.

Linda Murphy, Associate Director, Literacy Programs

Linda Murphy Headsht

Linda has worked in school districts in New York in a variety of roles and settings. Prior to her joining the center at Lesley University, Linda held positions as a principal of an intermediate school, a Director of English Language Arts, Social Studies and Reading, a district trainer for Literacy Collaborative Intermediate, a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and a classroom teacher. Linda holds licenses in Elementary Education and School District Administration.

Interested in professional learning at your school 
or district? Schedule a meeting with one of our faculty trainers.