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  • Reading Endorsement
    (Pre k-12)

    ODU offers a Reading Endorsement that can be added to any standard teaching license including Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Intervention Specialist, Adolescence to Young Adult and Multi-Age License.

    • Applicants holding the Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA), Multi-Age or Career Technical License must have completed a prerequisite nine credit hours of undergraduate level reading coursework before being admitted.
    • All other applicants must have completed the prerequisite 12 semester hours of undergraduate level reading coursework before being admitted.
    • Courses in the program are designed to fulfill requirements for the Graduate Reading Endorsement (P-12).
    • The program is aligned to the International Reading Association (IRA) standards and guidelines set forth by the Ohio Board of Regents.

    Admission Requirements

    Financing Your Endorsement 

    Course Descriptions


    EDU 211 Teaching  Phonics and the Structure of Language  

    In this course, students study the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of English, and the instructional strategies that support language acquisition and literacy. 

    EDU 518 Content Area Reading and Writing: Instruction and Technology 

    This course examines principles, strategies and methodologies designed to improve student achievement in the content areas.  Research theory, and implications for instruction and technology, is examined and reviewed. Topics include purposes and types of reading; content reading learning design and delivery; and methods of assessing reading strategies and skills in student-centered reading instruction. 

    EDU 520 Non-fiction Literature, Common Core, and the Teaching of Reading 

    Students in this course explore non-fiction texts, and examine and discuss how children learn to read using non-fiction literature. Students review the different types of non-fiction texts children, adolescents and adults encounter on an everyday basis. This course emphasizes the connection between the Common Core Standards and informational texts, and includes 25 hours of field experience. 

    EDU 610 Reading in the Social Setting 

    This course addresses theories and practices of the social and political dimensions of literacy instruction. Students are introduced to key issues and trends in the field, such as equity and diversity, social action and change, new media and technology as they relate to literacy as a social practice. This course centers on practicing teachers examination of multimodality and multiliteracy practices for language/literacy teaching and learning. The course includes 25 hours of field experience. 

    EDU 620 Advanced Assessment and Remediation in Teaching Reading   

    This course is intended for practicing teachers who want to extend and strengthen their capacity to provide effective, efficient, and equitable instruction to enhance the reading skills of P-12 students. The course includes a minimum of 35 hours of field experience. 

    The techniques and methods of teaching reading through the use of literature for pre-school age through young adulthood will be explored. Emphasis is on genres; author and illustrator studies; the inter-relationship of reading, writing, listening, and speaking; multicultural and international publications; and historical and contemporary publishing trends. Students should develop an appreciation for childrenā€˜s literature as they select, interpret, discuss, and formulate strategies for using quality books with children. Includes service-learning hours. 

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