P-12 Reading Endorsement

The Reading (P-12) endorsement program consists of 15 hours of literacy, and also develop school wide literacy action plans at two different instructional levels (elementary, middle, and/or high school). Specialty courses provide advanced study in literacy theory and in reading methods.  The program also includes a six-hour clinical practicum and a course in literacy leadership, both of which are designed to prepare candidates to serve as reading specialists in schools.

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). The core P-12 reading courses are delivered in a blended format (up to 50% of courses may require face-to-face interaction on campus).

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 (http://www.kyreading.org), the International Reading Association (http://www.reading.org), the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English (http://www.kcte.org), and the National Council of Teachers of English (http://www.ncte.org). 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 can be included as a component of the Teacher Leader Master of Arts degree program.

Curriculum Contract [PDF]

Program Director

Dr. Joy Bowers-Campbell


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