Department of Teacher Education

Reading Endorsement (K-12)

Why Choose the Reading K-12 Program?

The Reading Endorsement K-12 is designed for the teaching professional who seeks to advance literacy knowledge and teaching skills. The coursework for the endorsement involves: literacy theories, content area literacy, literacy assessments and evaluations, working with at-risk readers/writers, and serving as a literacy leader within a school setting.

Upon successful completion of the Reading K-12 endorsement program of study and passing the licensure exams, the holder of an Ohio standard teaching credential may add an endorsement in Reading K-12.

Contact Information

Dr. Hannah Chai, Literacy Co-Director

Lee Welz, Literacy Co-Director

Academics and Curriculum

Reading Endorsement Program of Study (PDF)


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Current Ohio teaching license
    • Endorsements cannot be added to alternative or supplemental licenses
  • 3.0 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA OR 2.7 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA and GRE or MAT score in the 50th percentile or better
    • (Until further notice, GRE and MAT scores will not be required for those who have a cumulative GPA between 2.7 and 2.9)
  • Completion of required Ohio pre-requisite “reading core” including at least 12 hours of reading/writing methods classes. Those 12 hours must include at least one separate, three semester hour, course in the teaching of phonics.

Currently licensed teachers who wish to complete endorsement requirements, but do not want to pursue a degree may be admitted as licensure-only endorsement candidates. The reading endorsement courses may be applied toward the Master’s of Education degree in Literacy. Persons interested in pursuing both the endorsement and the Master’s degree should apply as a degree seeking candidate.

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