City University of Seattle offers a state-approved Endorsement in Reading for teachers who want to add to their Washington State teaching certificate. The program includes instruction and an internship teaching literacy and reading skills to children in preschool through grade 12.
The 28-credit curriculum covers topics including:
- fostering language acquisition
- integrating literacy into content areas
- technology in literacy
- diagnosis, intervention and feedback
- engaging parents in the learning process
- Internship: Candidates typically complete the internship portion in their current workplace. CityU faculty members who are experienced reading specialists will offer guidance and oversee your practicum.
- Career advancement: Additional endorsements can translate into more options and opportunities for advancement. The reading endorsement will prepare you to offer instruction in the area of literacy, which will affect all other content areas throughout a child’s education.
When you finish the endorsement, you will be ready to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E ®) and will be considered highly qualified to teach reading in a classroom setting or become a reading specialist.
Get in touch with a CityU adviser to see where CityU can take you.
A Q&A with Sue Seiber, Associate Program Director
Q: What did you study, and where did you graduate from?
A: Educational Administration, Seattle Pacific University.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Garden, participate in car rally events with my husband, play with my grandchildren.
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: Literacy courses in both the undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs and reading endorsement program, reading and ELL internship courses.
Q: Why did you decide to start teaching?
A: For teaching at CityU, I was at a point in my career where I wanted to give back to the education profession that has meant the world to me. Teaching is something I truly enjoy because I can share the joy that comes with helping other people learn something new that can enrich their lives.
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching at CityU?
A: The students at CityU select this university because it meets their needs for professional growth. It is rewarding to assist them in reaching their goals and to know the next generation of children will have excellent teachers working with and supporting their learning.
Q: What’s one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: Remember that no parent sends their child off to school every day with the admonition to go to school and be as disruptive and difficult as possible. They send them off with the highest of hopes that their child will learn something new, develop a new skill, interact and engage with friends, understand something that was formerly confusing, do something to be proud of, and return home happy. At the end of each school day, ask yourself the question how have I assisted each child to achieve those goals?
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of taking one of your classes?
A: Teaching literacy can be a life-changing experience. The impact of learning to read and write is so powerful, it is almost beyond comprehension. You will be able to have that kind of impact upon another’s life.
Q: What is something you’ve learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: Never end a class without having provided opportunities for students to provide feedback on their learning.