Endorsement in Reading
City University of Seattle offers a state-approved Endorsement in Reading for teachers who want to add an area of endorsement to their Washington State teaching certificate. The program includes instruction and internships teaching literacy and reading skills to children in preschool through grade 12. It can be added to our Bachelor of Arts in Education: Elementary Education program for students working toward their first residency certificate. The six courses in this program will help you develop strong teaching skills in the following areas:
- fostering language acquisition
- integrating literacy into content areas
- technology in literacy
- diagnosis, intervention and feedback
- engaging parents in the learning process
CityU of Seattle’s fully online reading endorsement program provides you with an opportunity to pursue education without missing out on your other responsibilities. The internship element often involves your current workplace and is overseen by faculty members who are experienced reading specialists. Learn more by getting in touch with an Albright School of Education advisor.
For teachers, additional endorsements translate into more options and opportunities for advancement. The reading endorsement in particular prepares you to offer instruction in the foundational area of literacy, which will affect all other content areas throughout each child’s education. When you finish the program, 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.
If you’re interested in getting your reading endorsement online, CityU can work with you to fit the program into your life. We have been offering accredited, first-in-class career advancement education for over 35 years. Get in touch with an advisor to see where CityU can take you.
ERL 410 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development (5)
In this course, educators will study the skills involved in reading and writing development. Reading and writing skills will be discussed in relationship to developing language, the social and cultural contexts of literacy, construction of meaning, and the six strands of literacy. Philosophies of reading and writing development will be examined in relationship to best practices in teaching and learning. Educators will examine knowledge, skills, and attitudes present in proficient readers and writers. Included in this course is a study of the conditions of learning that foster language acquisition.
ERL 413 Integrating Literacy in Content Areas (5)
This course examines strategies for integrating literacy into the content areas. Topics include meta-cognitive strategies for informational and expository text, text features, the use of technology in adolescent literacy instruction, and vocabulary instructional strategies. Upon completion of this course, candidates can effectively teach literacy skills in each of the content areas to adolescent learners using informational, expository, functional, and task-specific texts. Prerequisites: Admission to the CityU Teacher Certification Program dual endorsement program, accessibility to P-12 students and/or classrooms; or valid Washington State initial, residency, continuing, professional teaching certificate or valid National Board Teaching certification; accessibility to P-12 students and/or classrooms.
ERL 414 Literacy Applications In The Classroom (5)
This course teaches educators to use diagnostic tools to assess reading and writing difficulties for a diversity of students. Based on the results of assessments given, educators will develop interventions to address specific literacy problems. Educators gain an understanding of the role of diagnosis, intervention, and immediate feedback to increase student success in learning. Educators will understand how students become thoughtful, independent readers who understand what they read. At the culmination of this course, educators will create and self-assess a professional portfolio containing work samples and other artifacts.
ERL 416 Assessment and Instruction Topics (5)
This course examines instruction and assessment strategies in the essential components of literacy. Topics include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, guided reading, phonology, morphology, orthography, and literacy assessment. Upon completion of this course, candidates have the skills to assess K-12 students in reading and design appropriate literacy instruction. Course Entry Requirements: successful completion of ERL 410 or equivalent.
ERL 417 Literacy Instructions: Meeting the Needs of All Learners (4)
This course examines fluency and family involvement in children's literacy development. Topics include instructional intervention, motivating reluctant readers, literature circles, welcoming parents as partners, and strategies for word recognition. Upon completion of this course, candidates can effectively modify literacy instruction to meet individual student needs and create meaningful opportunities for family involvement and support of literacy development.
ERL 418 Reading Internship** (4)
This course is a practicum to provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in K-12 classroom settings to complete their Reading endorsement. The variable credit is to accommodate each student's unique needs based on their professional growth plan. This course has two parts: a required seminar and three different teaching experiences in K-12 classrooms; K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. Candidates are observed by a field supervisor who is a Reading Specialist. Candidates are required to work in a classroom specific to teaching literacy skills. Additional work may be required in a specialized program. This course is in compliance with Washington State Administrative Code provisions.