Curriculum and Instruction

Ohio Reading Endorsement (online)

The Ohio Reading Endorsement is an ONLINE graduate program offered through the University of Toledo. It is designed for licensed teachers who need to be highly qualified so that they may work with struggling readers and writers.


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Before Enrolling: The state requires 12 hours of prerequisite coursework in the teaching of reading PRIOR to taking any reading endorsement classes. Prerequisite coursework may have been taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. Candidates also need to have an undergraduate or graduate course in phonics or the equivalent of a phonics course. That requirement is usually met in an undergraduate course. However, it can also be met while you are completing the Reading Endorsement coursework.

If you would like someone to review your prerequisite coursework, please contact: Dr. Susanna Hapgood at susanna.hapgood@utoledo.edu or 419-530-2139

The Courses: There are 4 required Reading Endorsement courses. Typically each course costs around $1900.

Course Names & Numbers

Pre/Co-requisite Information

CI 6400  Trends in Literacy Acquisition

May be taken concurrently with CI 6410, or 6430; Is a prerequisite for CI 6440

CI 6430  Diagnosis of Reading Disability

May be taken concurrently with CI 6400 or CI 6410; Is a prerequisite for CI 6440

CI 6410  Content Area Literacy-Elementary and Secondary

May be taken concurrently with any other reading endorsement class

CI 6440  Remediation Practicum

CI 6400 & CI 6430 are prerequisites; May be taken concurrently with CI 6410

To complete the Reading Endorsement coursework in two semesters, follow the schedule below:

Semester 1 - CI 6400 Trends in Literacy Acquisition and CI 6430 Diagnosis of Reading Disability  

Semester 2 - CI 6410 Content Area Reading and CI 6440 Remediation Practicum

For more information, please review the Reading Endorsement FAQ Page.

The Tests: Once you have completed the required coursework, the state requires that you pass two tests before receiving your Reading Endorsement. For information about those tests, see here: http://www.oh.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/OH038_TestPage.html

Upon completion of coursework and passing the exams, candidates submit an application to the State to receive the endorsement.  Be sure to have your exam results sent to UT as well as the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) so that our “e-signer” will receive notification of your results and verify to ODE that you have completed all the requirements for the endorsement. 

Last Updated: 11/2/16