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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.  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

To be eligible to enter the Reading Teacher Endorsement, candidates must have taken the required 9-12 hours in the teaching of reading as outlined by the State of Ohio Licensure Requirements.  The entire program is only 15 credit hours long (5 courses) and includes the following courses:

  • EDTE 5201— Theoretical Foundations of Reading Instruction (3 credit hours)
  • EDTE 5221—Diagnosis: Reading/Language (3 credit hours)*
  • EDTE 5230—Reading/Language Laboratory (3 credit hours)*
  • EDTE 5261—Secondary Reading Instruction (3 credit hours)*
  • EDTE 5270 - Phonics and the Structure of Language (3 credit hours)

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.­ ­ 

Only currently licensed teachers or undergraduates who graduate in spring and are expecting to receive licensure over the summer are eligible for this program. Because courses are offered at the graduate level, they may be used to renew your teaching license.  Unfortunately, this endorsement is not part of the senior to graduate students program. Endorsement cohorts are not eligible for GA/GRS tuition waivers.

*Field Work (35 field hours per course)
Candidates are expected to participate in supervised tutoring of children during three of the courses. She/he will work with a student 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.

All applicants who want to add the reading endorsement to their existing Ohio license must also take OAEs 038 and 039. More information can be found here:

TUITION & financial aid

Please visit the Office of the Bursar Tuition Schedule for current tuition and fees.  Ohio University Faculty and Staff should contact us before registering.  

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

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

Note:  Upon completion of all reading endorsement coursework, candidates have five (5) years to apply to have the endorsement added to their Ohio License.  After five (5) years, all coursework expires and must be retaken.

The Patton College offers a variety of programs at Ohio University regional campuses and eCampus. All cohort programs and the courses therein are contingent on a specified minimum enrollment of students. Program start dates may be postponed if the minimum enrollment is not reached. This decision will be made no fewer than 30 days prior to the advertised start date.

Please note:  Due to a change in the Ohio Administrative Code 333-1-05, all endorsement programs in the State of Ohio must now show alignment with a 50 clock hour field experience for each endorsement and each additional license beyond the initial license. This change in code was approved by the State in November 2016. Students being admitted into programs beginning in the Fall 2017 Semester will be subject to this change in law. 

A new policy will take effect beginning with the Fall 2017 Semester. Candidates seeking licensure within eighteen (18) months of successfully completing an educator preparation program at Ohio University will be recommended for licensure if they apply within that timeframe to the Ohio Department of Education. If application for licensure is made after eighteen (18) months to the Ohio Department of Education, candidates will be required to meet with their program coordinator for consultation regarding any additional state and/or program requirements they need to complete. Following this consultation and the satisfaction of any additionally identified requirements, recommendation by Ohio University will be granted on a case-by-case basis. This applies to all candidates including past graduates who have not earned the license for which they were prepared.

For more information, feel free to contact:

Dr. Sara R. Helfrich
Associate Professor and Literacy Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 309LL
Phone: 740-593-4471