This 160-hour part-time certificate program is designed for volunteers or professionals who wish to develop or advance their ability to tutor literacy-level learners in college or community settings. Although the program’s main focus is on the adult literacy learner, many of the instructional techniques and theories of literacy acquisition taught within the program are also relevant to children and adolescents. Basic literacy, English as a Second Language, and learning disabilities are explored as areas of concentration within the general field of literacy practice.

Completion of the program’s first course, Introduction to Literacy Tutoring (Tutor 110) qualifies students to volunteer tutor at UCFV in the College and Career Preparation program (formerly ABE), the English as a Second Language program, or the Disability Resource Centre. This course is offered tuition-free, and is a prerequisite to the certificate program. Completion of individual courses within the Literacy Tutor certificate program provide general studies UCFV credits; completion of the certificate program will provide 12 block transfer credits to UCFV’s Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education program.

Entrance Requirements

1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or post-secondary training in a relevant field.

2. Good oral and written communication skills, as evidenced by letter, interview, and transcripts.

3. Evidence of personal suitability for tutoring, including previous work or volunteer experience which demonstrates good interpersonal skills.

How to Apply

1. Attend an interview with program personnel, or attend an inter-active small group information session. Contact Corry Jensen at (604) 864-4649 to determine dates of information sessions.

2. Complete a UCFV application for admission form and a Literacy Tutor certificate program application form. (Available at time of interview or information session.)

3. Handwrite a brief letter of application, outlining your interest in becoming a literacy tutor, and the skills and abilities you will bring to your work as a tutor. Be sure to mention your involvement in any previous work or volunteer experience related to tutoring.

4. Mail or hand deliver application forms, letter of application and transcripts documenting B.C. secondary school graduation completion or equivalent to designated program personnel.

Admission will be granted on a first-come basis to applicants who meet admissions criteria. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available in any given course, preference will be given to those willing to volunteer as tutors in UCFV literacy programs.

Prior Learning Assessment and Transfer Credit

Applicants to the Literacy Tutor certificate program may request transfer credit or prior learning assessment to obtain up to six credits to be applied to certificate requirements. The general principles outlined in the Prior Learning Assessment section of UCFV’s Bachelor of Adult Education program will be adhered to. In addition, applicants who can demonstrate training and experience which meet the learning outcomes of the program’s first course (Tutor 110) may apply to have this prerequisite waived. Contact Vicki Grieve, (604) 792-0025, local 2439, for more details.

Program Outline

Course Title Credits
Tutor 110 Introduction to Literacy Tutoring  3
Tutor 120 Interpersonal Skills for Tutors 2
Tutor 130 Group Dynamics for Tutors 2
Tutor 140 Advanced Theory and Techniques for Literacy Tutors 3
Tutor 145 Practicum  2
                                                 Total credits 12

Note: Students may enroll in Tutor 120, 130, or 140 after completing Tutor 110. Students must complete Tutor 140 before enrolling in Tutor 145. For information about course content, see the Course Descriptions section.

Course Scheduling: Courses within the Literacy Tutor certificate program are offered during the evening and on some Saturday mornings. For information regarding scheduling during the 1999/2000 academic year, contact Corry Jensen at (604) 864-4649.

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