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Reading Endorsement
Preparing teachers to be reading specialists
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Reading Endorsement Program:

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. All candidates in this program must pass the Praxis exam for Reading Specialist.

Courses for the Reading Endorsement Program:

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  • ED 655 Foundations of Literacy (3)
  • ED 667 Language Development of Reading (3) OR
  • ED 684 Language Acquisition & Educational Linguistics in the ESOL/Bilingual Classroom (3)
  • ED 668 Assessment and Instruction and Reading (3)
  • ED 672 Practicum I: Leadership in the School Reading Program (3)
  • ED 689 Contemporary Issues in Literature (3) OR other course substitution approved by advisor
  • ED 640 Literacy: Inquiry, Theory, and Informed Practice (3) OR other course substitution approved by advisor
  • ED 609 Practicum in Reading II (3)
  • ED 609 Practicum in Reading III (3)
  • ED 633 and ED 635 are suggested pre-requisite for MSED students

Reading Endorsement completion requirements:

  1. Meet with an advisor to confirm practicum experience. The International Reading Association (IRA) Standards for Reading Professionals must be met by the completion of practicum experience. Here is a list of IRA standards from Read Oregon: http://readoregon.org/IRAstandards.htm

  2. If you are a Master of Science in Education student, confirm program completion with advisor (section III of the program plan).

  3. Complete 18 credits (ED 655, ED 684, or ED 687, ED 668, ED 672, ED 689, ED 637, or other approved courses) and ED 609.

  4. Pass the Reading PRAXIS exam (20300): go to http://www.ets.org/praxis 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.

ED 667 Language Development and Reading (3)-This course is an introduction to the concept that language development as a continuous, sequential process of learning at every level from pre-K through adulthood. Starting with the premise that language development is the basis for learning about and making sense of the world, students will explore theories of language acquisitions, functions of language, and the role of culture in developing language.

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 640 Literacy: Inquiry, Theory and Informed Practice (3) - This course focuses on moving theory and research into practice through examining a range of literacy curricula and creating curricular frameworks that fit each participant’s distinctive context and beliefs.

ED 684 Language Acquisition and Educational Linguistics in the ESOL/Bilingual Classroom (3)- This graduate course explores current theory and research in first and second language acquisition and issues in linguistics applied to ESOL/bilingual education. Topics in language acquisition include historical and current theories, developmental stages, as well as the factors that influence learning an additional language. Topics in educational linguistics include concepts in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a focus on classroom applications. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners, as they critique and analyze their own beliefs and teaching practices, and plan their professional growth.

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 experience spans one year. Reading students should begin with the ED 672 during fall term, 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

Endorsement Contract:

Once admitted to Reading Endorsement 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 Contract (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your endorsement and clarity on what to expect.


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