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Reading Endorsement Options

The Ohio P-12 Reading Endorsement, when added to an existing teaching license, allows the candidate to teach reading across the grades. The endorsement is only available at the graduate level.

Ohio Department of Education Guidelines

Since the Ohio P-12 Reading Endorsement is considered an advanced program, those interested in completing the endorsement are required to have prerequisite hours of reading instruction (at the undergraduate and/or graduate level) before enrolling in courses. For early childhood educators, middle childhood educators, and intervention specialists, 12 semester hours of prerequisite reading coursework are required. All other teacher education majors must have 9 semester hours of prerequisite reading coursework. In addition to the prerequisite coursework, applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree and hold a current teaching license.

Applicants who do not have the 9-12 semester hours may take online courses from BGSU to be eligible for the endorsement coursework.

The Ohio Department of Education allows one undergraduate course to be substituted for one of the required graduate courses. For early childhood and intervention specialists, credit is usually given for the graduate phonics course. For other majors, credit is usually given for the graduate content reading course.

The Ohio Department of Education also requires 100 field hours distributed across the grade spans. BGSU meets that requirement through EDTL 6220 (assessment and intervention) and EDTL 6280 (practicum).

BGSU Coursework

The coursework necessary for completing the Ohio P-12 Reading Endorsement is 5 classes (15 semester hours of graduate credit) and can be completed either totally online, totally face-to-face, or a combination of both.

  • EDTL 6210: fall online; summer either online or face-to-face
  • EDTL 6200: fall, spring, and summer online; summer either online or face-to-face
  • EDTL 6260: spring online; summer either online or face-to-face
  • EDTL 6220: fall online; summer either online or face-to-face (extensive field-based work mid to late semester)
  • EDTL 6280: spring either online or face-to-face; summer either online or face-to-face

EDTL 6220 has a 30-hour field component that involves assessing an early childhood (K-3), a middle childhood (4-6), and a secondary student (7-12). The time is figured as (a) preparing for the assessment, (b) giving the assessment, (c) scoring and interpreting the assessment, and (d) providing recommendations for future teaching based on scores. The practicum (EDTL 6280) requires 75 hours of field work providing intervention for an early childhood student (K-3), a middle childhood student (4-6), AND an AYA student (7-12). Participants are provided time for planning, assessment, and reflection time. Ideally, the same students would be used for both classes (assess in 6220 and provide intervention in 6280).

Application Process

Students who do the Ohio P-12 Reading Endorsement may elect to apply for coursework as a Non-Degree Student. To complete this application process requires a non-degree student application and an application for permission to take graduate classes. Both are found on the BGSU Graduate College page. Transcripts are also needed from all institutions attended.

The Reading Endorsement Certificate Program provides applicants the opportunity to earn the Ohio P-12 Reading Endorsement while simultaneously completing the BGSU Certificate Program.  When added to an existing teaching license, program completers are prepared to teach reading across the grades.  The Reading Endorsement Certificate Program admission criteria include both state licensure requirements and BGSU graduate program guidelines.

Ohio Department of Education Guidelines

Applicants for this program are required to have prerequisite hours of reading instruction (at the undergraduate and/or graduate level) before enrolling in the courses.  For early childhood educators, middle childhood educators and intervention specialists, 12 semester hours of prerequisite reading coursework are required.  All other teacher education majors must have 9 semester hours of prerequisite reading coursework.  In addition to the prerequisite coursework, applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree and hold a current teaching license.  Applicants who do not have the 9-12 semester hours may take online courses from BGSU to be eligible for the endorsement coursework.

BGSU Coursework

The coursework necessary for completing reading endorsement certificate program includes 5 classes (15 semester hours of graduate credit) and can be completed either totally online, totally face-to-face, or a combination of both.   

  • EDTL 6210 fall semester online; summer term either online or face-to-face
  • EDTL 6200 fall, spring and summer online; summer term either online or face-to-face
  • EDTL 6260 spring semester online; summer term either online or face-to-face
  • EDTL 6220 fall semester online; summer term either online or face-to-face (extensive field-based work mid to late semester)
  • EDTL 6280 spring semester online or face-to-face; summer term either online or face-to-face

The Ohio Department of Education also requires 100 field hours distributed across the grade spans.  BGSU meets that requirement through EDTL 6220 (assessment and intervention) and EDTL 6280 (practicum).

EDTL 6220 has a 30-hour field component that involves assessing an early childhood (K-3), a middle childhood (4-6) and a secondary student (7-12). The time is figured as (a) preparing for the assessment, (b) giving the assessment, (c) scoring and interpreting the assessment, and (d) providing recommendations for future teaching based on scores.  The practicum (EDTL 6280) requires 75 hours of field work providing intervention for an early childhood student (K-3), a middle childhood student (4-6) AND an AYA student (7-12).  Participants are provided time for planning, assessment, and reflection time.  Ideally, the same students would be used use for both classes (assess in 6220 and provide intervention in 6280).  

Application Process

Students wishing to enroll would apply to the Graduate College in the Reading Endorsement Certificate Program.  Admissions requirements include: 2.7 or higher undergraduate GPA, transcripts for coursework from all universities attended, and test scores from either the GRE, or the Praxis II pedagogy test, or the OAE pedagogy test.  Financial aid is available for this Certificate Program.  While not required, applicants may wish to dual enroll in the Master of Education in Reading program.  This can be done when completing the application for the Reading Endorsement Certificate Program.