At a Glance:

Reading Endorsement

Semester hours 15
Average Completion Time 10-16 months, depending on student pacing preferences
Cost per credit $608* (financial aid available for degree seekers)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU);
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), Newberg
Priority Application Deadlines Rolling

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited

Reading Endorsement

Reading teaching endorsement at George Fox University

The EDFL Reading Endorsement program is designed for in-service teachers who desire specialist preparation in literacy theory and practice.  We prioritize a comprehensive understanding of literacy issues in the context of preparing teachers to assess, instruct, and nurture children with reading difficulties.  Individuals will be prepared to teach in reading specialist, coaching, and teacher-leader positions.  Endorsement preparation is available for early/elementary, elementary/middle, or middle/high school levels.  Small class sizes provide personal learning experiences and relational support.  District/university partnerships create opportunities for cultural experiences and service-oriented practicums.

Face-to-Face Learning Opportunities

Endorsement courses meet in face-to-face or hybrid settings.  Many courses are held on the Portland campus, with district cohorts offered as needed.  Summer classes meet at our Newberg campus (affordable housing is available for long distance students).

Reading Endorsement Requirements

Students may complete the courses as an endorsement-only candidate to be recommended for a Reading endorsement on their teaching license. They also can add a Reading specialization within their Master of Education or Educational Specialist program.

To meet the approved program for a Reading Endorsement at George Fox University, students complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate subject matter designed to strengthen applicants’ backgrounds in literacy, including a practicum at two of the licensure authorization levels.

In addition to course requirements, candidates must also successfully complete the Praxis II Reading Specialist Exam in order to be recommended for licensure. The coursework for this specialty has been designed to provide a broad base of understanding about reading theory, methods, programs, and assessments, and also prepares candidates to successfully pass the Reading Specialist Exam.

Reading Endorsement (15 hours)

Complete the following 11 semester hours:
EDFL 530 History and Foundations of Literacy Learning (2 hrs)
EDFL 531 Analysis of Reading and Writing Assessment (2 hrs)
EDFL 532 Advanced Strategies in Literacy Instruction (2 hrs)
EDFL 534 Issues and Applications of Literacy Instruction (2 hrs)
EDFL 538 Organization of Reading Programs (3 hrs)

Complete one of the authorization level combinations - 4 hours:

Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization courses:
EDFL 537 Emergent Literacy (2 hrs)
EDFL 539 Reading Practicum (2 hrs, prerequisites: EDFL 530, 531, 532 and 538; or by permission)

Elementary/Middle Level Authorization courses:
EDFL 536 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (2 hrs)
EDFL 537 Emergent Literacy (2 hrs)
EDFL 540 Reading Practicum (2 hrs, prerequisites: EDFL 530, 531, 532 and 538; or by permission)

Middle Level/High School Authorization Courses:
EDFL 536 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (2 hrs)
EDFL 541 Reading Practicum (2 hrs, prerequisites: EDFL 530, 531, 532 and 538; or by permission)

Admission Information:

Photo of Kipp Wilfong Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027