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Reading Endorsement

The reading endorsement enhances your knowledge and instructional skill in reading and writing beyond the foundation required of beginning teachers. Courses are offered at the graduate level and may be used to renew your teaching license. This program is designed for licensed teachers who wish to add the Reading endorsement to their current teaching license.  Unfortunately, this program cannot be used as part of the seniors to graduate students program.  Benefits include the ability to learn anytime, anywhere - complete the entire program online; broaden your employability; and attend a program approved by the Ohio Board of Regents which meets the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.  The entire program is only 15 credit hours long (5 courses) and includes the following courses:

If the applicant has successfully completed a phonics course prior to enrolling in the endorsement program, he/she will not need to take another one, and will need to complete only four of the courses in the program.­ All courses are transferrable, within five years, to the Online Master's of Reading Education program at Ohio University.­ ­

*Field Work (35 field hours per course)
Candidates are expected to participate in supervised tutoring of children during three of the five courses. She/he will work with a child from three different age groups: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adolescent to Young Adult. Candidates may work with a child from his/her classroom or from a different classroom within the school or district in which she/he is teaching. If the candidate is not currently teaching, he/she will need to be able to find a child to work with for each of the three courses requiring tutoring.

Coaching is also a strong component of the program. Candidates will be required to gain experience working with other teachers to conduct professional development. These coaching experiences can involve a variety of experiences from meeting with teachers to discuss the literacy needs within their school, conducting professional study groups with a small group of teachers, demonstrating new strategies for different teachers, helping with the assessment and planning for students in a colleague’s classroom, analyzing the literacy program and needs of a specific grade level, and/or planning and conducting a set of professional development sessions for a group of teachers.

To obtain the Reading Teacher Endorsement, candidates must have taken the required twelve hours in the teaching of reading as outlined by the State of Ohio Licensure Requirements.


Option 1: Complete all courses in the summer (May - August 2014)
Option 2: Begin courses in the summer and continue through the fall and spring (May 2014 - May 2015)
Option 3: Begin courses in the fall and continue through the spring and summer (August 2014 - August 2015)

TUITION & financial aid

The endorsement courses are approximately $523/credit hour for Ohio residents and $542/credit hour for Out-of-State students. A variety of convenient payment options are available. For more information about payment to the university, visit the bursar's office website.

Students pursuing the Reading Endorsement program may consider the private alternative loan as a resource.  Information about alternative loans is found on the website for the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.  For assistance with financial aid questions, please e-mail .

greenapply­ Option 1 & 2: March 15
  Option 3: June 15

Note:  Effective July 1, 2014, all applicants applying for the reading endorsement must have completed all coursework applicable to the endorsement within the past five (5) years. We will continue to accept, as transferrable into the current reading endorsement program, a phonics course (undergraduate or graduate level) that has been completed at any time.

For more information, a printable flyer is available HERE or feel free to contact:

Dr. Sara R. Helfrich
Assistant Professor and Literacy Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 321D
Phone: 740-593-4471