Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Digital Literacy

julie-coiroJulie Coiro, PhD
Program Co-Director
School of Education

renee_hobbsRenee Hobbs, PhD
Program Co-Director
Harrington School of
Communication & Media

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy is a 12-credit graduate program for educators, librarians and media professionals. You will acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies required to participate in our read/write culture. Active participation is defined as being able to skillfully use, create and share digital texts, tools and technologies.

The concept of literacy is undergoing a profound transformation. New competencies are needed to access, analyze, create, reflect and take action using digital tools, texts and technologies in all aspects of our lives: in the school and workplace, for home and leisure, and for social interaction, relationships and citizenship in a democratic society.

Our program is intentionally designed to be interdisciplinary at the intersection of media studies and education in recognition of the diverse contexts in which learning occurs and the blurring boundaries between formal and informal learning. For a total program cost of $6,100, you can become a recognized leader in digital literacy.

It is expected that you will apply to the URI Graduate School after taking one required graduate class in order to receive the certificate. Current application deadlines include: July 15 for Fall acceptance; November 15 for Spring acceptance; and, April 1 for Summer acceptance. For more detailed information, please click on the application link below.


The four certificate courses include:

  • EDC 531: Teaching and Learning with Digital Technologies. (Summer class institute experience)
  • EDC 532: Seminar in Digital Literacy and Learning. (Fall Online)
  • EDC 534: Seminar in Digital Authorship. (Spring Online)
  • EDC 535: Leading with Digital Literacy. (Summer class institute experience)


Courses are open to any graduate student in any program and new non-matriculating students.
Students can take one course of the program before committing to the other courses.

Time to certificate completion: One year or no more than four years.

Admission requirements for students seeking to complete the Certificate Program:
Learn more about the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy and register now to reserve your spot.


Typically, students begin by registering in early March (to reserve your spot) for the first Summer Institute in Digital Literacy (EDC 531), which is held for one week in late July. Then, to best meet your needs, you will discuss with the Co-Directors options for applying to the Graduate School, enrolling in the two online classes (EDC 532 & EDC 534), and completing the second Summer Institute (EDC 535).

A URI grad application requires evidence of your ability to do graduate level course work. Applicants submit official undergraduate transcripts, a professional resume, a small application fee, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of interest.

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