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Reading Endorsement/Certificate Program: Courses

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Reading Endorsement/Certificate curriculum overview:

Courses in this program will enhance and broaden both reading specific knowledge and other responsibilities encountered by the classroom teacher, resource teacher, and reading specialist. Participants wishing to add an endorsement to their license will need to pass PRAXIS test for Reading Specialist (5301).

Endorsement/Certificate Contract:

Once admitted to Reading Program you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the program. By filing this Reading Endorsement/Certificate Contract (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your program and clarity on what to expect.


Courses for the Reading Endorsement program

Endorsement/Certificate Contract | Real time class availability

  • ED 655 Foundations of Literacy K-Adult (3)
  • ED 667 Supporting Language and Literacy Development (3)
  • ED 668 Assessment and Instruction and Reading (3)
  • ED 672 Practicum I: Leadership in the School Reading Program (3)
  • ED 609 Practicum in Reading II (3)
  • ED 609 Practicum in Reading III (3)
  • Approved Electives: (6 credits) Advisor will assist in choosing electives
    • ED 680 Psychology of Reading Instruction (3)
    • ED 689 Contemporary Issues in Literature (3)
    • ED 628 Teaching Writing Under the CCSS (3)
    • ED 693 Teaching Reading Under the CCSS (3)

ED 633 and ED 635 are suggested pre-requisite for MSED students

Reading Endorsement completion requirements

  • Meet with an advisor to confirm practicum experience. The International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards for Reading Professionals must be met by the completion of practicum experience.
  • If you are a Master of Science in Education student, confirm program completion with advisor (section III of the program plan).
  • Complete 18 credits (ED 655, ED 667, ED 668, ED 672, ED 689, ED 680, or other approved courses) and ED 609.
  • Pass the Reading Specialist PRAXIS test (5301): go to for more information.

Course Descriptions

ED 655 Foundations of Literacy, K-Adult (3) – Foundations of Literacy is a study of concepts and processes related to developmental instruction in elementary, middle, secondary, and adult education. This course will explore literacy and the variables and procedures related to the process of literacy learning.

RECOMMEND course to be taken in the first two quarters of beginning of the reading endorsement/certificate.

ED 667 Supporting Language and Literacy Development (3) – This introductory course examines theories of language acquisition, functions of language and the role of culture and power in developing language. Participants learn the importance of oral language to the development of successful reading and writing, develop diagnostic and intervention strategies that support students with literacy difficulties or differences, and demonstrate qualities of teacher as language researcher.

ED 668 Assessment and Reading Instruction (3) – This course will examine how to evaluate teaching and students’ learning for the purpose of connecting meaningful instruction determined from assessments and standards. In addition, we will explore the political and ethical issues related to assessment, accountability, and testing their effects on the teaching profession. PREREQ: Six-nine hours of reading instruction or consent of instructor.

ED 680 Psychology of Literacy Learning (3) – This advanced courses in literacy instruction examines the fundamental nature of the literacy learning process and the causes of difficulty in learning to read and write. An examination of current issues in teaching children to read. PREREQ. ED 667

ED 689 Contemporary Issues in Literature (3) – Participants will be invited to read, discuss, and engage with a wide range of current, excellent books for children and adolescents. Emphasis will be on how to use literature effectively and authentically in the classroom.

The Practicum begins with ED 672, then ED 609 Practicum II, and finally ED 609 Practicum III.

ED 672 Leadership in the School Reading Program: Practicum I (3) – This course will examine the multiple roles of a reading specialist, such as: mentoring, coaching, effectively supporting struggling readers, and providing resources to classroom teachers.

ED 609 Practicum in Reading II (3) – This is part one of the final course (ED 609) in the reading endorsement program. Students will design a cumulative project to demonstrate proficiencies outlined in the International Reading Association Standards for a reading specialist.

ED 609 Practicum in Reading III (3) – This is final course in the reading endorsement program.

** Pre-Req: It is recommended that students in the MSED program must have taken one or both research classes with the
MSED program ED 633 Research and Writing and ED 635 Action Research


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