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. Course work 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. Course work 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 comprising core courses and the requirements (courses and practicum) for two authorization levels: Early Childhood (ECE) and Elementary (Elem), or Middle School (MS) and High School (HS). Candidates may earn the Reading Specialist endorsement that qualifies them to teach reading to students PreK through grade twelve by completing the multilevel practicum. In addition to coursework, the candidate must pass the Reading Specialist Praxis. Oregon requires a minimum score of 164.


Section Core Courses Credit Hrs
RDNG-642 Reading Assessments & Techniques
RDNG-632 Perspectives on Reading
EDUC-633 Literacy & English-Language Learners
RDNG-650 Leadership for Literacy
RDNG-645 Developing Literacy in the Content Areas
ESOL-544 Educational Linguistics for ESOL Teachers 3
  Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization Courses  
  Prerequisites: coursework in psychological foundations and basic reading methodology appropriate for early childhood and elementary education.
RDNG-653 ECE/ELEM Supervised Practicum
  Middle Level/High School Authorization Courses  
  Prerequisites: coursework in psychological foundations and basic reading methodology appropriate for middle school and high school education.
RDNG-654 ML/HS Supervised Practicum
  Pre-K-12 Authorization Courses and Practica  
  Note: Candidates completing a practica experience at either early childhood or elementary and at either middle or high school level shall qualify for authorization for pre-primary through grade twelve.  Candidates would need to sign up for the practica listed below rather than the practica required for the  ECE/EL or ML/HS levels.  
RDNG-655 Multi-level Supervised Practicum

For More Information

Contact Person (Eugene): Sandy Ludeman, Reading Endorsement Program Coordinator (Eugene)
Phone: 541-485-6812

Contact Person (Forest Grove): Dewayne Smith, Reading Endorsement Program Coordinator (Forest Grove)
Phone: 503-352-1453

Contact Person: Diana Watkins, Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
Phone: 503-352-1435 or 877-722-8648 ext. 143