Reading Endorsement

Hybrid 20 credit hours * 18 months

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Gain expertise in teaching the foundations of reading as well as in working with struggling readers.

Format and course schedule designed for working educators

Innovative curriculum and teaching methods

Courses can be taken in any sequence. Some courses are face to face (evening or summer), others are available online.


Current teachers who desire to gain expertise in literacy instruction and are passionate about helping students become successful readers. Teachers wanting to update teaching methods to include the practices related to science of reading. Teachers who want to dig deeper into methods for helping readers who struggle.

What You Learn

Students strengthen their foundational knowledge of reading and writing processes and gain expertise in applying varied instructional practices, methods, and curriculum materials to literacy. Students also gain the knowledge and tools needed to be able to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.

Courses consider essential principles for literacy instruction and enhance teacher’s knowledge about literacy including language, spelling, vocabulary, and phonological principles

Students will consider essential concept related to diversity and equity in relation to literacy instruction.  They will explore how to create inclusive and affirming classrooms and to advocate for equity in their schools and communities.

How You Learn

Online: You will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. Some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, and various web links for viewing.

Reading practicum hours are completed with students from your classroom (or others if you desire). A university supervisor provides feedback on your teaching and brainstorms with you as you work to apply course material to your teaching.

Face to face – personalized instruction in small classes where you can interact with the instructor

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students earn the Reading Endorsement and become prepared to operate in roles such as a reading specialist or literacy coach within schools.


Students applying to this program must hold a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution, a validated minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Students below 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance), and a current or pending license to teach in the state of Iowa.

Degree Requirements

 Language Acquisition and Learning (offered Online)3
 Writing Across the Curriculum3
 Content Area Reading3
 Assessing and Instructing Struggling Readers3
 Teaching Individualized Reading3
 Linguistics for Educators3
 Education Practicum: Reading K-8/5-122
 Total Credit Hours:20
Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort  may take these courses in a different order. The endorsement requirements vary slightly for elementary and secondary levels. Transcripts must be analyzed to identify the specific requirements needed to complete any endorsement.