Summer 2019 Course on Early Grade Reading in Developing Countries
Course dates: May 20 – August 16, 2019

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Enrollment is now open! The courses are fully online and are asynchronous; you do not need to log in at any specific time each week to participate. For more information on how to register for our courses see our Frequently Asked Questions . to register, please email

Click here to download the tentative course schedule (2018-2020) (newly updated).

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The Early Grade Reading Graduate Certificate is the first university program that focuses specifically on early grade reading in developing countries. The Center for International Education (CIE) and the International Education concentration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst developed this 15-credit, fully online graduate certificate program for practitioners and policy makers working on early grade reading reform projects. The five courses that comprise the certificate provide state-of-the-art professional development on the basics of early grade reading and project development to project personnel around the world.

The goal of the Early Grade Reading Program is to:

  • 20160620,2886Increase the capacity of government and non-governmental personnel to develop, monitor and improve early grade reading programs in developing countries.
  • Provide accessible training to practitioners and policy makers who work in early grade reading but cannot attend university classes in the U.S.
  • Serve as a stepping stone to a Master’s degree for those who finish the certificate and then want to apply to the International Education concentration at UMass Amherst (the 15 credits from the Graduate Certificate can be applied towards the 36-credit Master’s degree or the doctoral degree with specialization in international education).