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Reading Endorsement

WSU’s Reading Endorsement provides the skills and strategies necessary for those who wish to increase dramatically their knowledge of the teaching of reading as well as their cultural competence—awareness, sensitivity, and support of diverse populations—in relation to the literacy growth of students in P-12. Our program embeds curriculum development, pedagogical skills, and diagnostic assessment with tutoring experience.

The Reading Add-On Endorsement program is designed for practicing teachers who wish to expand their areas of endorsement, with coursework available ONLINE.

The Reading Endorsement Program requires 22 credits

Courses for the endorsement include:

Tch_Lrn 528 Literacy within the Disciplines
Tch_Lrn 537 Seminar in Language, Literacy, and Culture
Tch_Lrn 544 Teaching Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Tch_Lrn 546 Teaching Writing
Tch_Lrn 551 Psychology of Reading
Tch_Lrn 553 Assessment Instruction in Reading K-8
Tch_Lrn 558 Improving Comprehension through Literature
Finally, candidates must pass the NES in Reading in order to apply for the add-on endorsement.

Enrollment options

Teachers who wish to add the Reading Endorsement to their certificates may participate in the program in two ways. (Pre-certified teachers should consult with their advisors for program application information, and begin the program after their first “block” of education courses.)

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 curriculum and instruction 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. Curriculum and Instruction 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 Process and 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)

Self-evaluation Worksheet for Reading Endorsement (PDF)