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Graduate Reading Endorsement

About the Graduate Reading Endorsement

Cedarville University’s online Graduate Reading Endorsement adds an endorsement to an existing Ohio teaching license and qualifies teachers to provide focused reading instruction for students in grades K–12. It meets qualifications for many licenses to be recognized as a Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) and meets the reading requirements under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Coursework from the endorsement may also be used to meet requirements for teacher license renewal.

Program Highlights

Convenient — This 16-hour program can be completed in just one year, including online courses and field experiences. Your field experiences can be tailored to fit your needs.

Meets Ohio education requirements — State of Ohio legislation requires all K–3 teachers who serve students who are at-risk or not making adequate progress to have additional reading training. The Reading Endorsement meets the requirements for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Value-add — In addition to adding a valuable endorsement to your Ohio teaching license, these courses can also help with the renewal of a license.

Outcomes of the Graduate Reading Endorsement

Teachers who have recently earned a reading endorsement from Cedarville University advanced their knowledge and their careers, leading to the following roles:

  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Intervention Specialist
  • Reading Specialist
  • Secondary Reading Teacher

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Field experiences — Three field experiences require 30–40 hours of working with students in various age ranges, but can be tailored to fit your schedule and location. These experiences may be done within schools or in another setting, such as church literacy programs or homeless shelters. For your convenience, they may be done during the school year, after school, or during the summer or school breaks. You will need to be supervised by either a licensed educator or an administrator of the program in which the field experience is taking place.

Program Faculty

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Ruth Sylvester, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Associate Professor of Education

  • Location WI 118
  • Phone 937-766-7625
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Margaret Grigorenko, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

  • Location WI 115
  • Phone 937-766-3762
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Program Curriculum

You will take 13 credit hours of online coursework and complete three 1-credit-hour field experiences. In addition to the required courses and field experience, you will be required to pass the required state assessment in reading prior to receiving the endorsement.

Sample courses:
  • Linguistic and Language Development for Teachers
  • Literacy Issues and Trends
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog