The Reading (P-12) endorsement program consists of 15 hours of literacy courses, as well as the development of school-wide literacy action plans at two different instructional levels (elementary, middle, and/or high school). Specialty courses, including a six-hour clinical practicum, provide advanced study in literacy theory, reading methods, and literacy leadership.

With the core courses in research and diversity, the program provides 24 hours of coursework in the areas of reading, language arts, and related courses. All of the specialty courses are anchored in the standards for literacy professionals, thereby meeting the requirements of the International Reading Association (IRA) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Courses are delivered completely online.

Candidates enrolled in the Teacher Leader Master of Arts with Reading (P-12) endorsement program are encouraged to be actively involved in professional organizations such as the Kentucky Reading Association (, the International Reading Association (, the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English (, and the National Council of Teachers of English ( Candidates enrolled in the program are also encouraged to provide leadership in the profession by publishing articles, presenting information to faculty at their school, and presenting at conferences.

Candidates must pass a PRAXIS exam in order to be granted the P-12 endorsement by the state. This program may be embedded as a component of the Teacher Leader Master of Arts degree program, or it may be completed as a standalone endorsement.

Curriculum Contract

Program Director

Dr. Joy Bowers-Campbell