At a Glance:

Reading Endorsement

Semester hours 15
Average Completion Time 10-16 months, depending on student pacing preferences
Cost per credit $626* (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 UniversityThe 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 PreK-12.  District/university partnerships create opportunities for cultural experiences and service-oriented practicums.

Fully Online

Our Reading endorsement program is fully online.  

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, or as an adition the the MAT program (MAT Plus Reading).

As an endorsement-only candidate, students complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate subject matter designed to strengthen applicants’ backgrounds in literacy, including a practicum.

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:
READ 530 History and Foundations of Literacy Learning (2 hrs)
READ 531 Analysis of Reading and Writing Assessment (2 hrs)
READ 532 Advanced Strategies in Literacy Instruction (2 hrs)
READ 534 Issues and Applications of Literacy Instruction (2 hrs)
READ 538 Organization of Reading Programs (3 hrs)

Complete one practicum:

READ 5XX (4 hrs)

Admission Information:

Photo of Kipp Wilfong Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027
E-mail: kwilfong@georgefox.edu