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Reading Teacher Endorsement

The Reading Teacher Endorsement is designed for teachers who teach reading in a setting other than a self-contained classroom.  This endorsement can be obtained on an early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special certificate. 

The endorsement requires 24 semester hours of credit with coursework in the following areas:

  • Foundations of reading
  • Content area reading
  • Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems
  • Developmental and remedial reading instruction and support
  • Developmental and remedial materials and resources
  • Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges
  • Reading practicum (at the level of your licensure band)

Candidates must ssuccessfully pass the Reading Teacher (177) or Reading Specialist (176) test.

The endorsement is added to the existing PEL; candidate only able to be “Reading Teacher” at his/her current grade level range (e.g., elementary, middle, or high school level)

Goals of the endorsement program include: deep understanding of reading and reading instruction; understands how to diagnose reading disabilities and how to teach and support the education of students with reading disabilities; participates in curriculum design and implementation; communicates and works with the public and other professionals; and has high professional standards.

The courses are 3 credits each and generally delivered in the following sequence:

Phase I. Foundations in Literacy (15 credits)

LTRE 500—Improvement of Reading in the Elementary School

LTRE 505—Teaching Reading in the Middle School

LTRE 511—Content Area Reading

LTIC 515—Bilingualism and Reading

LTLA 543—Writing Instruction

Phase II. Diagnosis and Remediation (9 credits)

LTRE 520—Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Difficulties

LTRE 530—Practicum in Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

LTRE 531—Practicum in Problems of Teaching Reading

For more information about the program, contact Corrine Wickens at (815) 753-8485 or cwickens@niu.edu.