Professionals holding a valid teaching certificate or licensure may complete a twelve-hour sequence of classes to add a K-12 reading endorsement. The endorsement permits them to teach reading to all students at any grade level, including Title II reading programs. This endorsement meets Ohio's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements.
Applicants must have completed at least 12 hours of reading pre-requisites (graduate or undergraduate). Additional graduate reading courses beyond the prerequisites may fulfill reading endorsement course requirements. In addition to the coursework, endorsement seekers must earn an acceptable score on the OAE Reading (K-12) exam, subtest I (038) and II (039). Additional information on the state requirements can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website
The reading endorsement is a 12-hour graduate experience and a 3-hour phonics course (if one was not taken previously), which includes 100 hours of field/tutoring experience. All courses are offered online, powered by UThink©, with possible course offerings held at the Tiffin campus during the summer. These courses may be completed as coursework only (non-degree student), used as electives in the MAE degree program, or as additional coursework for those already holding a Master’s degree.
Please note: The on-line endorsement program is approved to accept Ohio and New York residents only. Out-of-state residents should inquire from their state about coursework meeting state guidelines. Questions may be directed to Graduate Admissions at 419-448-2602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Endorsement Courses
Listed in sequential order; however, EDU 515 and EDU 513 may be switched should the schedule work best for you and as long as EDU 512 is taken first, and EDU 516 is taken last. Please note that 512, 513, and 515 are pre-requisites for 516 and cannot be taken concurrently with 516. The 100 hours of field/tutoring experience is worked into the courses both virtually and face-to-face.
- EDU 512 - Foundations of Reading (3 semester hours)
- EDU 515 - Diagnosis of Reading Abilities (3 semester hours)
- EDU 513 - Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3 semester hours)
- EDU 516 - Reading Intervention (3 semester hours; the first three courses are pre-requisites to this course)
All endorsement classes are offered each semester. Courses are offered either as full semester courses (August-December and January-May) or in more condensed 8-week courses (August-October or October-December and January-March or March-May) as well as a shorter summer term (May-June). Students can register for one to two courses each semester, or just one course at a time in either format. We do not recommend taking more than 2 courses in each semester or more than 1 course in each 8-week term (including summer) due to the work load and required field hours. The first three courses MUST be completed before starting EDU 516. Look up a complete course schedule.
K-12 Reading Endorsement Offers Opportunities
The K-12 Reading Endorsement provides teachers with knowledge and skills to identify the reading needs of students and apply knowledge for instructional decision making. Those enrolled in the program will gain an understanding of how to prescribe, differentiate reading instruction, and utilize appropriate strategies and materials from scientifically-based research in order to address prevention, identification, and remediation. The program includes clinical experiences working with students who have issues with reading and literacy. Upon completion, the endorsement will allow you to work with students in the public schools (kindergarten through grade twelve) who may need reading and writing assistance. It also prepares teachers to oversee the reading curriculum, diagnose reading difficulties, and supervise reading non-professional staff.
Ohio teachers seeking the Ohio Reading Endorsement must have completed the 12-hour reading core (including a course in phonics) as mandated by Ohio licensure PRIOR to taking the reading endorsement courses. A 3-hour course in the teaching of phonics is required; this requirement may have been completed in an undergraduate program. Most certified classroom teachers in the last ten years have taken the 12 hours of reading coursework as an undergraduate. Heidelberg’s School of Education will help teachers determine which courses are needed if they do not currently have 12 hours of reading coursework.