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Reading Endorsement

UO student working with child in reading clinic
Gina Biancarosa, Ed.D. (EMPL) and Julie Heffernan, Ed.D. (EDST)



Program Contacts:
Angela Burham (
EDST: Abby Lane (

Are you looking to add to your Oregon teaching license by developing skills in teaching reading? The University of Oregon has a unique program that offers you two options designed to serve your choice of goals. Each requires 27 credits for the endorsement, and either may be completed as part of an existing master’s degree program in the College of Education.

The UO program leads to a reading endorsement and will teach you to:

  • Provide intensive, research-based reading intervention to individuals and small groups of children in a classroom setting
  • Understand student literacy learning and assessment from a variety of disciplinary perspectives—including behavioral, cognitive, linguistic, social-psychological and cultural perspectives
  • Be able to develop, administer and interpret a variety of assessments of reading skills
  • Understand the politics, policies and practical realities associated with language and literacy in education settings and how these issues affect students

Reading Endorsement Options

This program allows teachers to become k-12 reading specialists in public schools:

  • Multicultural / Multilingual - This Education Studies program has a Multilingual/Multicultural emphasis that offers a linguistically and culturally inclusive approach to literacy education that includes attention to the needs of English Learners.
  • Literacy Leadership – The Educational Methodology, Polcy and Leadership Program's goal is to prepare teachers who can provide effective reading intervention; support schools, districts, and state-level agencies in conducting internal audits of resource capacity needs; and implement school, district, or state-level literacy plans.
    **Note: The Literacy Leadership option is not accepting applications for Academic Year 2017-18.

Common Core

All TSPC OAR standards for a reading endorsement are addressed through completion of the core coursework and practicum. The core courses are designed to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge for 21st Century reading educators:

  • EDLD 656 - Measure & Assessment (2 credits)
  • EDLD 612 – Reading Interventions (4 credits)
  • EDST 616 - Language, Power, and Education (4 credits)
  • EDLD 665 - Assessment in Literacy (2 credits)
  • A required practicum

Reading Endorsement Handbook for both programs.