The Literacy Specialist (P-12) endorsement program is designed primarily for candidates who are interested in serving as instructional coaches and/or literacy specialists at the school or district level. This program meets the International Reading Association’s guidelines for the preparation of reading specialists and literacy coaches in schools. Because this program prepares candidates for supervisory positions, the candidate must be professionally certified by the time he or she completes his or her program and applies for the endorsement. Twenty-five hours of clinical experience is also required by the time of program completion.

The Literacy Specialist (P-12) endorsement program may be completed only as a component of the Teacher Leader Master of Arts or Rank I School Improvement programs, both of which have a total of 36 credit hours of sequenced coursework and clinical hours. All candidates conduct classroom research in the area of literacy instruction. Additionally, candidates take courses related to research-based practices in literacy instruction (K-12); the history of educational policy in literacy instruction and trends in the field; two practicum (clinical) courses related to assessing and facilitating students’ literacy development; an additional practicum in literacy leadership and coaching; a course on coaching and a course on how to teach writing. Courses for the Literacy Specialist endorsement are delivered completely online.

Candidates must pass a PRAXIS exam to be recommended for state endorsement.

Curriculum Contract Teacher Leader MA with Literacy Specialist Endorsement 

Curriculum Contract Rank I with Literacy Specialist Endorsement

Program Director

Dr. Joy Bowers-Campbell

Dr. Emily DeMoor – Rank I