The Literacy Department is recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA), formerly known as the International Reading Association (IRA), and has been awarded a “Certificate of Distinction.” ILA is our Specialized Professional Association that publishes standards for Literacy professionals. Many students who add the Literacy Minor also join West Chester University's Epsilon Chapter of ILA's international honor society, Alpha Upsilon Alpha (AUA) upon invitation from the College of Education and Social Work’s Literacy Department. More information about AUA can be found at the bottom of this page.
Literacy courses are not just for prospective teachers. The department also offers courses that support the work of students in other disciplines. Students of the Academic Development Program (ADP) or others eager to strengthen their own college level study skills may enroll in EDR 120 College Reading and Study Skills . Other Literacy courses meet the needs of students whose curriculum for career certification necessitates completion of the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) competency requirements of Act 49.13; inclusion courses teach students how to incorporate language and literacy into individualized, client–based interventions.
The Literacy Department offers a course that teaches students college level reading and study skills: EDR 120 College Reading and Study Skills. Students from any discipline are welcome to enroll in EDR 120 during any spring or fall semester. Only students of the Academic Development Program (ADP) may enroll in the summer sections of EDR 120 (offered during second summer session only)
Students needing to take EDR 345, EDR 347, or EDR 550 should review our helpful Inclusion Course Information . This document lists each of these three courses and provides:
The Literacy Minor program is available to all university students regardless of major. After completing the required core, students select one of three tracks: Early & Middle Grades Education; Secondary Education ; Family & Community Literacy. Your minor in Literacy enhances your transcript and also makes you eligible to join WCU's local chapter of the ILA's honor society, Alpha Upsilon Alpha (AUA). Pursue your passion for reading and highlight your hard work for prospective employers by becoming a Literacy Minor.
Please review the department's Guidance Sheets for more specific program information, such as:
Alpha Upsilon Alpha is the honor society of the International Literacy Association. It was created in 1985 to recognize and encourage scholarship, the development of personal and professional leadership, and service to the field of reading at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Membership in Alpha Upsilon Alpha brings a sense of scholarly accomplishment in the field of reading and language arts. Members are invited by the College of Education and Social Work’s Literacy Department, acknowledged for having excelled in their chosen field of study, and are recognized as professionals committed to the importance of reading and language arts in education.
The College of Education and Social Work’s Literacy Department will select students who meet the following requirements of the ILA for membership in this honor society:
For graduate students, the minimum requirements for Alpha Upsilon Alpha membership with the chapter shall be as follows:
All members must be members in good standing of the International Literacy Association (ILA).