Reading Endorsement with MA

Ohio Reading Endorsement with Reading Specialist Master's

Program Objectives:

Based on the International Reading Association (IRA) and the Ohio Reading standards, this program is designed to help prepare Ohio educators to meet the course requirements needed for the Ohio Reading Endorsement while earning the Concordia University Chicago Reading Specialist Master’s. This program will enable candidates to:

  • Strengthen their foundational knowledge of reading and writing processes
  • Apply varied instructional practices, methods, and curriculum materials to literacy instruction
  • Use assessment to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction
  • Create literate environments that foster literacy instruction
  • Recognize that students come first
  • View professional development in reading as a career-long effort

Program Requirements:

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Ohio Reading Endorsement:

  • Hold a valid Ohio Teaching License prior to entering the program
  • Complete 15 credit hours in the Reading Endorsement Program
  • Pass all State of Ohio examinations
  • Must have completed the following Pre-Service (undergraduate coursework) Reading Requirements:
    • 9 credit hours for those candidates with an Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA), multi-age, or career technical license


      Areas in these hours include:

      • Knowledge and beliefs about reading
      • Communicating information about reading
      • Individual differences
      • Creating a literate environment
      • Study strategies
      • Vocabulary and spelling
      • Writing and assessment
      • Research
      • Comprehension
      • Supervision of paraprofessionals
      • Knowledge Base
      • Curriculum development
      • Writing and assessment
      • Word identification
    • 3 credit hour literature course (Children’s or Young Adult Literature undergraduate credit)
    • 3 credit hours for Phonics Course (graduate or undergraduate credit)

Areas of Study

All Courses to be taken in sequential order within a cohort group

Core Courses (15 hours)

Course Title
EDU 6231 Ohio Studies in Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Reading
EDU 6228 Ohio Diagnosis in Reading Instruction [prerequisite EDU 6231]
EDU 6229 Ohio Remediation in Reading Instruction [prerequisite EDU 6228]
EDU 6294 Ohio Practicum I in Reading Instruction [prerequisite EDU 6229]
EDU 6232 Ohio Secondary Reading Instruction [prerequisite EDU 6294]

Master’s Courses (15 hours)

Course Title
EDU 6200 Beginning Reading Instruction
EDU 6205 Research in Language & Reading Theory
EDU 6300 Research in Children's Literature
EDU 6291 Roles of the Reading Specialist
EDU 6230 Content Reading: Middle and Secondary

*Courses may be taken for the Ohio Reading Endorsement only without completing the courses for a CUC Reading Specialist Master's

Five Reading Endorsement courses, completion of a phonics course requirement (either in your undergraduate program or by taking the Concordia University course EDU 6233 Effective Use of Phonics in Reading), and an acceptable score on the Ohio Department of Education – Educator Preparation “Teaching Reading 0204” Specialty Area Test are required for the Reading Endorsement in the State of Ohio

Please Note: Final decisions regarding past coursework will be made by the Concordia University Chair of the Department of Literacy and Early Childhood.

Tuition Guarantee:

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $415 for the Reading Specialist Master's program. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. In addition, a technology fee of $15 per credit hour ($45 per 3 credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications), and a $135 graduation fee. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs.

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.85 (on a 4.00 scale) and/or a Master's Degree with at least a 3.00 GPA
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned
  • Copy of current teaching license

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
  2. An admission decision will be reached immediately following the committee review, and you will be notified in writing within a few days.

NOTE: Admission to Concordia University Chicago depends on several factors, including: the cumulative GPA, program fit, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and an objective statement (critical writing sample). Students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) will not be considered for admission.

Applicants may enroll in one semester of classes as a "pending" student awaiting an admission decision. Please note that participation and enrollment in the cohort does not guarantee admission to the University. Pending students who are denied admission will not be automatically withdrawn from the class, and will not receive a tuition refund. Pending students are not eligible for financial aid, therefore, please complete the admission process and submit official transcripts by the beginning of the semester for full admission to the graduate cohort program.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $60.00 application fee (includes 1-year Associate Membership in OAESA). If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 708-209-4093
Fax: 708-209-3454
Email: graduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Other Contacts:

Cohort Information Graduate Information Office 800-946-9608
Payment Plan Office of Student Business Services 708-209-3237
Financial Assistance Office of Student Financial Planning 708-209-3113
Online FAFSA form www.fafsa.ed.gov 800-4-FED AID

NOTE: Those who intend to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid process at the same time they apply for admission. Financial aid is available to admitted students (not pending/guest status) and is not retroactive.

This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.