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Reading Endorsement

Earn your Reading Intervention Endorsement and realize your potential for improving reading and writing skills in students.

07/19/21 Next Application Due Date
08/02/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

Why Consider Our Online Reading Endorsement Program

$8,856* Total Tuition
As few as 6 months Program Duration
24 Credit Hours

Gain the expertise to help students increase their literacy skills and advance your career with the Reading Endorsement online program from Southern Oregon University. This in-demand program features a practicum (which requires a teaching license for enrollment) and prep for the Oregon Reading Intervention Endorsement.**

This program provides a pathway to state-approved specialization and will allow you to gain competence in teaching the interactive processes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and thinking across the curriculum. Increase your understanding of issues related to reading instruction and assessment with research-validated strategies and assessment tools that will help you meet the needs of individual learners.

Along with the 100 percent online coursework, apply your knowledge with real-life, on-the-job training while fulfilling your 90-hour practicum in a working classroom.

**Teachers licensed outside Oregon should inquire of their state licensing agency to learn about requirements for adding the endorsement to their teaching license.

With this Reading Endorsement you’ll be able to:

  • develop an understanding of the issues related to effective reading instruction,
  • acquire the tools to improve student achievement in the content areas through the developmentally appropriate integration of literacy strategies, and
  • gain real-life experience through the practicum as you earn your endorsement.

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by Schools.com, 2020.

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Tuition

SOU’s Cost-Effective Tuition Was Designed for Students Like You

Our Reading Endorsement online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$369 Per Credit Hour
$8,856 Total Tuition*

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Reading Endorsement Online Program Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for the Reading Endorsement online program.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4 Credit Hours Per Program
Reading Endorsement $369 $1,476 $8,856*

Note: SOU credit hours are quarter hours. 45 SOU hours = 30 semester credit hours.

Fees: There is an $60 application fee and an $85 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Calendar

Important Dates for Our Students

The Reading Endorsement online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your endorsement conveniently in as few as six months.

Now Enrolling:

07/19/21 Next Application Due Date
08/02/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 04/05/21 03/22/21 03/29/21 03/31/21 04/09/21 05/23/21
Summer 1 06/14/21 05/31/21 06/07/21 06/09/21 06/11/21 08/01/21
Summer 2 08/02/21 07/19/21 07/26/21 07/28/21 07/30/21 09/19/21
Fall 09/07/21 09/13/21 09/20/21 09/22/21 10/01/21 11/14/21
Winter 01/03/22 12/20/21 12/27/21 12/29/21 01/07/22 02/20/22
Spring 04/04/22 03/21/22 03/28/22 03/30/22 04/08/22 05/22/22
Summer 1 06/13/22 05/30/22 06/06/22 06/08/22 06/17/22 08/21/22
Summer 2 08/01/22 07/18/22 07/25/22 07/27/22 08/05/22 09/18/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Southern Oregon University?

Admissions

What You Need to Know Before Applying

The admission process for our Reading Endorsement online program is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for full admission include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
No GRE or teaching license required for admission

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Reading Endorsement Program Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be granted admission following a review of relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program. A preliminary or professional teaching license for Oregon is required prior to enrolling in READ 509 Practicum.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing [email protected].

Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:

  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.

Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
  • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.

Courses

Learn More About Your Classes in Your Online Reading Endorsement Program

The Reading Endorsement online curriculum is comprised of 6 courses (24 credit hours). Preliminary or Professional Teaching License for Oregon is required prior to enrolling in the practicum.

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You must take six of the following courses for a total of 24 credit hours. One must be a choice among ED 544A or ED 545A.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Introduces teachers to the foundations of literacy. Examines the factors that influence literacy learning and analyzes core understandings about the nature of reading. Emphasizes consensus research findings and explores how these are translated into best practices in the classroom.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Develops competence in teaching the interactive processes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and thinking across the curriculum. Focuses on strategies for teaching students of varied backgrounds and abilities (Grades 3-12). For students in grades 3-12 to be successful in the content areas they must be able to read and comprehend various informational texts and write for different purposes and audiences. This course provides teachers with the tools to improve student achievement in the content areas through the developmentally appropriate integration of literacy strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips teachers with a range of effective instructional methodologies for facilitating ELL students' learning. Examines innovative materials for developing culturally appropriate learning experiences. Presents approaches to instruction in specific content areas (reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies). Examines and integrates the use of current technology to enhance instruction for ELLs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores theories on how first and second languages are learned and acquired. Considers the importance of the early development of a first language and the relationship of this development to the acquisition of other languages promoting academic literacy. Investigates the relationship of the four domains of language to cognitive and cultural development for all learners. Focuses on how culture manifests itself in school settings and provides a foundation for understanding methods and strategies to ensure that each student's own cultural experiences are reflected and validated in classroom learning experiences.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Provides teachers an understanding of issues related to reading instruction and assessment. Practicing educators are provided research-validated strategies and assessment tools to inform instruction, meet the needs of individual learners, and develop an understanding of the issues related to effective reading instruction. Focuses on the integral relationship between informal classroom assessments and effective instructional strategies within the context of a balanced reading approach.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores the role of the reading specialist as a teacher and school literacy leader; how curriculum is developed; the role of coach, supervisor, and professional developer; and the role of a reading advocate for all students. (Many assignments are designed to be implemented in a school setting. If you are not currently teaching, you will need to find a school that will allow you to talk with the reading specialist and a few classroom teachers.)

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Carried out in schools and/or districts and consists of candidates working directly with students, other faculty, administrators, and the school community to fulfill various roles of the reading specialist. Explores reading teaching; literacy testing; curriculum development for various groups of readers including ELL, struggling readers, average and gifted readers; assessing and making recommendations for a school's reading program; and developing literacy-focused professional development sessions for faculty, administrators, instructional assistants, and parents. Typically, the practicum is the final capstone course of the reading endorsement course of study. Prerequisite(s): Minimum 18 credits of reading endorsement coursework required. A person must have a teaching license prior to enrolling in the practicum.

Mohammad Zamani

Mohammad Zamani

"The [MSEd] program is helping me ground and develop some of the ideas I already have in legitimate theories, processes and ideals accepted in the pedagogical community. It's also giving me that legitimacy I was missing beforehand.”

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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