Reading Endorsement Program
REQUIRED CREDITS: 28
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Online: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Is the Reading endorsement program for me?If you're a certified teacher who wants to earn a "Highly Qualified" status in Reading, this endorsement program is a great fit. The Reading endorsement is an online endorsement program. While you'll complete your coursework online, you still have access to all CityU's great resources. You will log in to get assignments, discuss topics with your classmates, collaborate on projects and check your grades. Basically, everything you do in class but without the commute. With online education, you can advance your career without taking time away from current responsibilities.
What will I learn in the Reading endorsement program?You'll learn everything you need to teach reading, writing and literacy skills to diverse groups of kids in preschool through high school. The practicum will give you a chance to apply your new skills in a classroom setting. This is a state-approved endorsement program and is recognized by Washington's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
What can I do with my endorsement in Reading?For career teachers, endorsements mean more options and opportunities for advancement. Note: You will need to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E) exam to earn your endorsement. Check out the WEST-E exam website for more info.
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Content Area (28)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.