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Reading Endorsement/Certificate Program

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Designed for:

Endorsement: Licensed teachers desiring a reading specialist/interventionist credential who want to enhance and broaden both reading specific knowledge, instructional practices and strategies, and other responsibilities in the classroom.

Certificate: Newly licensed teachers who wish to gain advanced literacy training, without pursuing an add-on endorsement to their teaching license.

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Valid teaching License
  • Recommended 3 years of teaching experience

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Licensing required:

Must hold a valid teaching license in order to be recommending for endorsement.

Finishing will take:

  • Completion of 24 credits (including a 6 credit practicum)
    • 15 credits are required for the Reading Specialist Certificate only
  • Passing scores on the PRAXIS Reading Specialist (5301) (Endorsement Only)

Begin your Reading Endorsement/Certificate program:

Next term

Where you will take classes:

  • Online Reading Endorsement: fall, winter, spring, and summer

Technology you will need:

  • Computer with internet connection
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)

Where this program can take you:

  • Reading Endorsement:
    • Reading Specialist/Interventionist
    • Literacy Coaches
    • Curriculum Administrators
    • Research on Literacy and Literacy Education
    • Advanced Literacy Classroom Practitioner
  • Reading Certificate
    • Demonstration of Advanced Knowledge in Literacy
    • Research on Literacy and Literacy Education
    • Can be converted to Endorsement by meeting with a Program Advisor to provide evidence of 3 years teaching experience and passing scores on the PRAXIS Reading Specialist test (5301).

What you will learn:

Participants in the WOU Reading Program will learn the skills and dispositions of a literacy leader who may want to be reading specialist and/or coach This 24-credit graduate post licensure program focuses on connecting reading theory, curriculum, assessment, and strategies to enhance and broaden literacy specific knowledge, instructional practices, and other responsibilities encountered by classroom teachers, resource teachers, and/or reading specialists. The reading specialist certification leads to an add-on endorsement to a teaching license.

Learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effective education practice in the specific role of the reading specialist as outlined by the International Literacy Association’s standards for reading professionals.
  • Understand and embrace a holistic approach to reading instruction and assessment that considers the social, cultural, cognitive, and linguistic aspects of literacy.
  • Able to locate, incorporate and utilize multiple sources of authentic methods and materials for theoretically, culturally, and developmentally appropriate instruction.


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