Curriculum and Instruction

Online Ohio Reading Endorsement

The Ohio Reading Endorsement is an ONLINE graduate program offered through the University of Toledo.

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In addition to coursework, there is a State of Ohio mandated culminating exam.  Until August 31, 2013, that exam was the Praxis II, test #204, Teaching Reading.  Candidates who have taken that exam on or before Aug. 31, 2013 with a passing score of 179 or higher, can apply for their reading endorsement after completing the required coursework.

Effective September 1st, 2013, the reading tests are Pearson's Reading subtest I/038 and Reading subtest II/039.  Both passing scores are 220.   There is more information about all Ohio Assessments for Educators via: 

A website with specific information about the reading subtests can be found at:

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.

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.

If you would like someone to review your prerequisite coursework, please contact:

Dr. Susanna Hapgood at or 419-530-2139

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 through the coursework that is part of the reading endorsement sequence.

Finally, the state requires 100 hours of field experiences across 3 grade bands (PreK-3, 4-7 and 7-12). These experiences are met through the coursework and assignments in the reading endorsement classes. The four required reading endorsement courses are:

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.


Last Updated: 6/9/16