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Adolescent Literacy

National Institute for Literacy; The National Institute for Child Health and Human Development; The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Vocational and Adult Education; National Institutes of Health

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Web-Based

Course Abstract

This course, based on the National Institute for Literacy report What Content-Area Teachers Should Know about Adolesent Literacy, presents evidence-based advice for improving adolescent reading and writing skills in content-area classes. Topics covered include decoding, morphology, fluency, vocabulary, text comprehension, reading assessment, writing, motivation, and the needs of diverse learners. Chapters in this document present information on the practices of good readers, challenges faced by adolescent readers, instruction techniques to improve skills, and areas for future research. This class is relevant to educators, school psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists, and instructional coaches.

TBD Closeout Course #20-54 | 2007 | 72 pages | 14 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List 5 factors critical to achieving adolescent literacy
2. Identify 2 methods of improving literacy
3. Describe 3 methods for teaching text comprehension
4. Name 3 types of reading assessments that content classes should focus on

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


Disclosure: No commercial support was received for this CE activity.

About the Author(s)

The National Institute for Literacy is a federally-funded organization that is committed to literacy programs, research on literacy rates, and learning techniques. The Institute provides programs that benefit all people, from early childhood to adults. The literacy center has programs available for all reading levels, and for adults who are learning English as a second language. For more information on the National Institute for Literacy and its reading programs, please visit https://www.federalregister.gov/agencies/national-institute-for-literacy. 

The National Institute For Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), established by congress in 1962, conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations.  Some of these topics include:

  • Reducing infant deaths;
  • Improving the health of women, men, and families;
  • Understanding reproductive health and fertility/infertility;
  • Learning about growth and development;
  • Examining, preventing and treating problems of birth defects and intellectual and developmental disabilities; and
  • Enhancing well-being of persons through the lifespan with optimal rehabilitation research.

To learn more about the Institute visit their website: http://www.nichd.nih.gov

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Vocational and Adult Education
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

The Division of Adult Education and Literacy is responsible for enabling adults to acquire the basic skills necessary to function in today's society so that they can benefit from the completion of secondary school, enhanced family life, attaining citizenship and participating in job training and retraining programs.  For more information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.


Financial: The document for this course was published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is in the public domain.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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