Advanced Alternative Preparation (AAP) For Literacy Specialist in Reading/Language Arts Certification

Advanced Alternative Preparation (AAP) offered by Albertus Magnus College under the auspices of the CT State Department of Education's Alternate Route to Certification Program.

  • Non-credit, Non-degree program
  • Receive cross endorsement certification 102 - Remedial Reading/Remedial Language Arts, Grades 1 - 12


  • Increase literacy skills of Connecticut’s school children
  • Address shortage of certified reading specialists
  • Enable classroom teachers to acquire special expertise

Application Requirements

  • Valid Connecticut teaching certificate
  • Evidence of teaching fulltime for 5 of the past 8 years
  • Master’s Degree (or 30 credits beyond baccalaureate degree)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Completion of all application requirements by deadline: March 1, 2016

Story of Success

Samantha (Mandy) Makuch

Samantha (Mandy) Makuch

Mandy Makuch, a member of Cohort VII, successfully completed the AAP program in 2012. Mandy lives in Willington, Connecticut, and is literacy specialist for grades K-4 in the Ashford School.

Prior to enrolling in the AAP program Mandy taught first grade for five years and was offered the literacy specialist position upon her completion of the program. Mandy is passionate not only about the program's structure, but also about the instructors and describes her participation as "...such a wonderful experience earning my reading certification at Albertus Magnus. I started a position as Ashford's reading/language arts specialist soon after receiving my certificate, and it has been everything I'd hoped it would be and more. I truly feel as though I'm doing what I am meant to do, and the teaching I've done this year has been incredibly rewarding and satisfying."

In 2013 Mandy Makuch was selected as teacher of the year for Ashford School and credits "all the instructors at Albertus Magnus College for helping me achieve this honor." Mandy is entering her ninth year in teaching and her third year as a literacy specialist for Ashford School.

Program Description

Part I: Summer 2016

Dates: July 6 – August 2, 2016
Hours: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Monday - Friday
Content: Instruction in coaching and adult learning, theory and practice in fundamentals of language and literacy and assessment and evaluation of reading and language arts.

Part II: Academic Year 2016-2017:
Saturday Lectures


  • September 10, 2016
  • October 1, 2016
  • November 5, 2016
  • December 3, 2016
  • January 7, 2017 (snow date Jan. 21)
  • February 4, 2017 (snow date Feb. 25)
  • March 4, 2017
  • April 1, 2017
  • May 6, 2017
Hours: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Content: Nine seminars designed to prepare participants to assume responsibilities as literacy specialists. In addition to the nine seminars participants will be involved in the following activities during the academic year 2016-2017:

  • Clinical practice, consisting of:
    • working with individual or small groups of students
    • working with classroom teachers
    • observing reading specialists
    • reflecting on professional reading

An advisor will facilitate winter activities and be the liaison between the AAP candidate and his/her school, as appropriate.

Part III: Summer 2017

Dates: July 5 – August 1, 2017
Hours: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Monday through Friday
Content: Culminating Group Project

Application Requirements

  • Completed and signed application form
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including one from a current administrator
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts from institutions of higher education
  • Essay (see additional information on application form)
  • Application fee ($65 check made payable to Albertus Magnus College)
  • Mail completed application with other requirements to:

Saylor Heidmann, Program Director
Education Programs
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Important Dates

March 1, 2016 Application deadline for the 2013-2015 AAP program
March 2016 Personal interviews with candidates (upon invitation)
April 15, 2016 Notification of acceptance into program


  • Non-refundable application fee: $65.00
  • Tuition for entire three-part program: $4,200.00

(to be paid in four installments – dates given at time of acceptance)

Contact Us

Saylor Heidmann, Program Director
Education Programs
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511