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Reading Endorsement

READING – An add-on endorsement that truly makes a difference!

 

Literacy changes people’s lives. Many adults can point to a book that changed their career path or enabled them to see an issue differently. Young readers attest to books that saved their lives and gave them hope during bleak times. There is nothing more powerful or transformative than literacy. If you are looking for an endorsement that can be life changing and enable you to reach your students with effective, cutting edge literacy practices, then WSU’s online reading endorsement is for you.

We offer an affordable and convenient Washington State-approved reading endorsement that is fully online through WSU’s Global Campus. The program includes six classes (for a total of 19 credits) that are offered in a two-year rotation. You can complete this endorsement from the convenience of your home no matter where you live. The content in each course can be applied immediately to your classroom and will expand your skills and strategies in literacy. A reading endorsement will make you highly qualified to teach literacy in K-12 classrooms and become a reading specialist.

After successfully completing our program you should be ready to pass the NES reading test.

Our program has two options:

  1. Master’s degree with endorsement: For students who want complete a Language, Literacy and Technology master’s degree and take reading endorsement classes that apply to the degree.
  2. Add-on endorsement: For students who already have a master’s degree and only want to add an endorsement.

Classes, Credits and Scheduling:

There are a total of 6 classes or 19 credits for the WSU reading endorsement. Courses are offered in a two-year rotation and are fully online. Students can begin courses any semester.

Schedule of courses:

Fall even years TCH_LRN 551: Psychology of Reading
TCH_LRN 558: Improving Comprehension (K-12)
Spring odd years TCH_LRN 553: Assessment and Instruction for Reading (K-12)
Fall odd years TCH_LRN 528: Literacy Within the Disciplines
TCH_LRN 544: Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Spring even years TCH_LRN 546: Teaching Writing

 

To discuss the program more fully, contact:Deanna Day
Faculty Coordinator
dday-wiff@wsu.edu

Endorsement courses as part of a master’s degree (Ed.M.)

Students may apply the majority of the reading endorsement coursework to a master’s degree with a specialization in Language, Literacy, and Technology on the Spokane campus. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Master’s degree application including online application to the WSU graduate school as a master’s degree student. (Click here for information about the to master’s degree program.)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A Reading Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Non-degree seeking graduate student

Students may participate in the endorsement program as a non-degree seeking graduate student. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Apply online to the WSU graduate school as a non-degree seeking graduate student (Select Ed.M. Language, Literacy and Technology Non-Degree) (www.gradschool.wsu.edu)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A Reading Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Application Timelines

The Reading Endorsement Program admits students each semester. Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadlines

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

For application instructions, please refer to any checklist and/or instructions provided with the application materials.

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the certificate program.

Endorsement Program Application Materials (PDF)

Reading Endorsement Checklist (PDF)