The Reading Endorsement Program, developed according to the Ohio Department of Education standards provides an in-depth knowledge base related to the theories, practice, pedagogy, and technology in the field of reading education. Completion of the Reading endorsement requires 18 semester hours of reading coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA in addition to achieving a passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) reading examination. Adding the Reading Endorsement to an Ohio teaching license will allow educators to teach reading across the grade levels (K-12) and to teach reading within one's teaching licensure grade bands. This endorsement does not allow educators to teach English Language Arts or English as a Second Language.

Program Requirements

Hours: 18

Corequisite or Prerequisite: Current Ohio Teacher License

Courses Required - 18 hours

RDG 504 Children's Literature (3)
RDG 505 Psychology of Reading (3)
RDG 530 Phonics/Linguistics (3)
RDG 538 Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Problems (3)
RDG 540 Fluency and Comprehension Development in Reading (3)
RDG 591 Practicum in Evidence-Based Reading Instruction I (3)

Program Outcomes

  • Graduate students demonstrate knowledge and skill in the critical analysis and synthesis of educational research, and can use this knowledge to make important educational decisions.
  • Graduate students demonstrate knowledge and skills in the implementation of research-based practices to guide reading assessment and instruction to meet the needs of all children (i.e. children with reading disabilities and typically developing children).
  • Graduate students utilize their Reading Science coursework in their teaching practice.
  • Graduate students demonstrate a depth of content knowledge in reading development, theory, the 5 essential components of reading instruction (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension) and writing, reading assessment, and reading intervention.