Reading Specialist Endorsement

Pacific University's College of Education offers a 16 semester-credit Reading Specialist Endorsement Program that meets the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission requirements for an add-on endorsement to the Initial Teaching License.

This endorsement program prepares teachers to serve as Title I or reading specialists in their schools and districts. Coursework emphasizes the candidates' development of knowledge and skills needed to carry out the curricular, instructional, assessment-related, supervisory and staff-development roles and responsibilities that are the typical duties of the Title I or reading Specialist. Coursework also begins to prepare reading specialists for working with children who speak a language other than English as their primary language.

The Reading Specialist Endorsement may be obtained by completing 16 semester hours including  core courses and the requirements (courses and practicum) for two authorization levels: Early Childhood and Elementary (ECE/Elem), or Middle School and High School (MS/HS). Candidates may earn the Reading Specialist Endorsement that qualifies them to teach reading to students PreK-12  by completing the multilevel practicum. In addition to coursework, the candidate must pass the Reading Specialist Praxis. Oregon requires a minimum score of 164.

More Information

Reading Endorsement Handbook (pdf): Updated as of September 2015


Karren Timmermans | Reading Endorsement Program Coordinator, Eugene
541-485-6812 |

Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 or 877-722-8648 ext. 143 |

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