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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



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.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


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.


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