Literacy Center

  • The Literacy Center, located in Davis Hall B-5, provides assessment and instruction for children and adolescents who need assistance with reading and writing. There are currently two opportunities for these services: the After School Tutoring Program and the Summer Reading Program. 

    After School Tutoring

    The IUP Literacy Center offers an eight-week tutoring opportunity for children and adolescents in grades one through eight who need additional help with reading and writing. Tutoring is provided by undergraduate teacher educator candidates, under the guidance of the Literacy Center Supervisor. Please follow this link for more information and the IUP Literacy Center Tutoring Application document.

    Summer Reading Program

    Children in grades K-8 are invited to participate in IUP’s Summer Reading Program, which takes place in early July through early August. Thirteen sessions typically take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is a small, nonrefundable fee for participation.

    Graduate students enrolled in the final practicum of the MEd in Literacy/Reading Specialist Certification program provide intensive individualized assessment, diagnosis, and instruction for children experiencing difficulty with literacy. Please check back for an updated Summer Reading Program application.

    Professional Development

    Does your school need support with the implementation of effective literacy instruction? Please reach out to Julie Ankrum, director of IUP’s Literacy Center, for ideas!

    Julie Ankrum, Director
    Davis Hall Room 303
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    570 South 11th Street
    Indiana, PA  15705
    Phone: 724-357-2400
    Fax: 724-357-2961

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    A teacher helps a young student.

     A child gets help with reading at the Literacy Center.

    A child plays a literacy game.

  • MEd in Literacy and Reading Specialist Program

    Announcement about Accreditation

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s College of Education and Communications is pleased to announce that the MEd in Literacy and Reading Specialist Program has earned national recognition by the International Literacy Association, formerly known as the International Reading Association (IRA). This program is offered to educators certified in teaching who are pursuing graduate studies in reading and literacy theories, research, and instructional practices. This accreditation recognizes exemplary practices in which candidates demonstrate attainment of the IRA standards for literacy professionals. 

    The program infuses levels of coaching throughout the coursework, and this initiative has been deemed a model for all institutions according to the IRA. All full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees in the discipline and represent diverse cultural groups. Faculty members with reading specialist certification and many years of teaching experience supervise Practicum activities with children and adolescents.

    For more information about this program, contact the coordinator:

    Julie Ankrum: