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Give Youth a Brighter Future

Reading is a skill that is necessary in all aspects of life, from childhood to adulthood. Help youth gain the abilities and confidence in reading, so they can succeed. The Endorsement in Reading program at City University of Seattle provides a well-rounded education in teaching literacy to grades P-12 in a classroom setting or as a reading specialist.

Courses are available completely online, so you can study around your schedule. You can complete the internship portion in your current workplace, and you’ll work closely with program faculty who are also experienced reading specialists.

The state-approved Endorsement in Reading is designed for teachers who want to add to their Washington state teaching certificate. The reading endorsement program includes instruction and an internship teaching literacy and reading skills to children in grades P-12.

This endorsement can also be added to our Bachelor of Art in Education for students working toward their first residency certificate.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the reading endorsement program, you’ll learn the following topics:

  • Fostering language acquisition
  • Integrating literacy into content areas
  • Technology in literacy
  • Diagnosis, intervention, and feedback
  • Engaging parents in the learning process

Total Required Credits (17 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Required Courses

ERL 405 Introduction to Literacy Support (4)

ERL 450 Literacy in the Content Areas (4)

ERL 452 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation (4)

ERL 417 Literacy Instruction: Meeting the Needs of All Learners (4)

Internship: Taken after all coursework is passed **must be taken regardless of background 

EDU 337 Practicum** (1)

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.

Graduates of this program typically teach literacy in a P-12 classroom setting or as a reading specialist.

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


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Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.