Reading Teacher Endorsement
A reading teacher is one whose assignment involves teaching reading to students. The endorsement allows
one to teach at the grade level of the professional educator license. The reading
teacher endorsement shall not be issued alone as an individual's first teaching credential.
The endorsement is added to your entitlement notification upon completion of the elementary
or secondary program if you earn a grade of C- or higher in all required coursework
and pass the content test.
State law specifies the required distribution of coursework for the endorsement. Candidates
must complete at least 18 hours of coursework in specific areas of reading and pass
the Reading Teacher content test.
ISBE Required Distribution
Educational Studies Course(s)
|Foundations of reading
EDUC 320 or EDUC 365
6 or 4
|Content area reading
EDUC 330 and EDUC 340
EDUC 320 or EDUC 365
6 or 4
|Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems
|Developmental and remedial reading instruction support, materials & resources
|Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges
|Reading practicum (150 hours)
Here's what students had to say about the reading teacher endorsement..."I originally took the reading endorsement because I wanted to take any endorsement
opportunities that I could to make myself more marketable on the job search; however,
I became interested in the different programs and strategies for teaching reading
skills. The reading internship classes have also helped me to think more critically
about children's literature, and ways to incorporate social justice topics though
literature. The reading internship has also rekindled my love for reading!"
"I did not originally plan to get a reading endorsement. After taking the coursework,
though, I can confidently say that I will be a better teacher because of it. Every
student needs to learn how to read, and the reading endorsement classes have prepared
me to reach every student - of every need and ability - and to provide quality reading
instruction. I think some of the best teaching techniques I have learned came from
my reading classes. I could not be happier with my decision to pursue the reading
endorsement, and I know my students will benefit from it in the long run."
"The reading endorsement coursework has not only made me more knowledgeable in teaching
reading in a small group setting, but I have also learned numerous strategies, interventions,
and skills that I will definitely be able to apply in my classroom. Reading is such
a big part of the classroom, and there is no doubt in my mind that the content I have
learned in the reading endorsement coursework will carry throughout my teaching career.
I believe that receiving your reading endorsement at Illinois Wesleyan University
will allow you to provide individualized instruction to all learners in your classroom
in an individual, small group, or large group setting."
"I originally took the reading teacher endorsement coursework because I thought it
would set me apart from other applicants. However, I now see that my reading endorsement
coursework has provided me with skills that I can apply in my future classroom, if
I decide not to become a Reading Specialist. You can never have too much education!"
"I decided to work towards my reading endorsement to become better prepared to teach
struggling students in the general education classroom. This program completely redefined
how I think about literacy and gave me the practical tools needed to provide interventions
for struggling students. I am more knowledgeable about parts of reading that I honestly
never would have even considered before this program. I don't think I would have been
adequately prepared to teach reading in the classroom without this program. It is
extra time and effort, but you will without a doubt be a better teacher because of