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Reading Endorsement

The Level I Reading Endorsements at Utah State University are designed to strengthen the classroom teacher’s knowledge of literacy content and pedagogical knowledge and assessment. Graduates learn to read, interpret, and apply evidence-based practices gleaned from the research literature. The reading endorsement programs are designed for working professionals, with courses offered in the evenings and summers. Courses are taught once a week during fall and spring and twice a week during the summer (summer semesters are 7 weeks long instead of 15 weeks). Courses are currently offered through the Regional Campuses and Distance Education broadcast network and follow a regular schedule so that students can complete the endorsement in two years.

*Additional courses can be offered on-site at school locations in collaboration with school districts. Please contact Dr. Nicole Pyle at nicole.pyle@usu.edu or 435-797-0392 if you are interested in this option.

Level I Reading Endorsement

There are two ways to pursue the Level I Reading Endorsement: 1) as a non-matriculated graduate student for the reading endorsement only; 2) as a master's degree student, with the reading endorsement courses used as electives. To become a non-matriculated graduate student, you must complete an online application here: https://www.usu.edu/admissions/applyonline/.

To apply for the master's degree program, you must apply to the School of Graduate Studies: http://rgs.usu.edu/graduateschool/

We highly recommend that you pursue the second path. If you start taking classes as a non-matriculated student, please be aware that if you change your mind and decide to go for the master's, only 12 of the non-matriculated credits can be transferred into your master's degree program.

The Teaching Reading Praxis test (test # 0204) is required for the Level I Reading Endorsement.

See the Utah State Office of Education website for more detail and the following form: https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/licensing/educatorendorsements

Level I Reading Endorsement Courses (21 credits)

  • TEAL 6235 Instructional Implications of Literacy Development (Fall semesters)
  • TEAL 6350 Reading Assessment and Intervention (Spring semesters)
  • TEAL 6380 Effective Writing Instruction (Summer semesters)
  • TEAL 6390 Teaching with Literature and Information Text (Summer semesters)
  • TEAL 6310 Integrating Literacy Across the Curriculum (Fall semesters)
  • TEAL 6320 Theories and Models of Reading (Spring semesters)
  • TEAL 6570 Advanced Comprehension (Summer semesters)

Questions? Please ask!

Cindy D'On Jones, Associate Professor, Literacy Education, Founder & Director of the EEJ CEHS Literacy Clinic
435-797-7027
cindy.jones@usu.edu