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Reading Endorsement
Preparing teachers to be reading specialists
  1. About
  2. Admission
  3. Courses
  4. Cost
  5. Faculty

Designed for:

Licensed teachers desiring reading specialist certification that want to enhance and broaden both reading specific knowledge, instructional practices and strategies, and other responsibilities in the classroom.

To start, you need:

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

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Finishing will take:

  • 1 year
  • Completion of a 6 credit practicum
  • 24 credits

Begin your Reading Endorsement program:

Next term

Where you will take classes:

  • On campus evening courses
  • Online Reading Endorsement: fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • Hybrid
  • School District Cohorts

Technology you will need:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)
  • Printer (optional)

Licensing required:

Must hold a valid Oregon teaching license.

Where this endorsement can take you:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Curriculum Administrators
  • Research on Literacy and Literacy Education

What you will learn:

Participants in the WOU Reading Endorsement 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 an Oregon 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 Reading 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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