Functional Literacy


This micro-credential is awarded to individuals who have successfully completed and passed the Functional Literacy self-paced tutorial.


In order to earn this micro-credential, participants will need to demonstrate the ability to define Literacy and Functional Literacy, create a literacy-rich environment, develop routines, and develop strategies for teaching early literacy skills  for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities.

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Participants will:

  • Identify a definition of literacy.
  • Identify an expanded definition of literacy.
  • Identify a definition of functional literacy.
  • Identify ways to create a literacy-rich environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design a literacy rich-environment.
  • Name strategies to make literacy activities available
  • Identify the purpose of a Learning Media Assessment (LMA).
  • Identify factors that make an LMA effective.
  • Identify special considerations in an LMA for learners who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.
  • Identify strategies to develop early literacy skills for learners with visual impairments and additional disabilities
  • Identify characteristics of literacy techniques, such as story boxes, object books, and experience books
  • Identify indicators of possible learning disabilities
  • Identify strategies to support and instruct learners who are struggling readers

Courses Offered

There are 5 sessions included in this training module on functional literacy for students with visual impairments and additional disabilities.

Professional Development Offering