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Ohio Reading Endorsement

Are you looking for a flexible way to add the Ohio Reading Endorsement to your teaching credentials? This straightforward, entirely online program is designed for candidates who wish to focus on positions as reading teachers at all grade levels and with all students across Ohio.

Four start dates are offered throughout the year and you can finish in under a year. Flexible online classes with supportive cohorts of colleagues from across the state make this an excellent way to teach in Ohio's third grade reading guarantee program.

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Course goals

In 2014 the Ohio Department of Education raised the standards for teaching reading, in part to meet the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee, a commitment to help those behind n the goal to have every student on track for reading success by the end of third grade.

The BGSU reading endorsement online graduate certificate gives teachers an understanding of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. 

Other subjects covered include the appropriate use of assessments, differentiated instruction and selecting appropriate instructional materials. The curriculum is entirely research-based.

Your degree, your way

Current Ohio teachers looking to add the reading endorsement to their certification and flexibility in their program should consider the online reading endorsement from BGSU. 

The program offers online delivery, straightforward requirements for entry and graduation, as well as 15 credit hours toward a master's degree in Curriculum and Teaching or Reading.

Save time and travel with online courses, interact with fellow teachers from across the state, build your professional network as you learn from and share your experience with peers.

Advance your career

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.

  • Eligible for teaching reading across the school grades

  • 15 credits towards a masters degree in education

  • Completed online and at your pace

Career opportunities

Depending on your current licensure and endorsements and your teaching role, taking the Ohio reading endorsement might be a good move for your career. 

The Ohio reading endorsement graduate certificate program allows applicants to earn the Ohio reading endorsement and complete part 1 of the BGSU master’s in education with a focus on reading. 

When added to an existing teaching license, reading endorsement program completers are prepared to teach reading from Kindergarten to grade 12. The program is designed for candidates who wish to focus on positions as reading teachers at all grade levels and with all students.

Career paths

  • Reading specialists
  • Literacy coach
  • Secondary reading teacher
  • Reading intervention specialists
  • Instructional Support Coach
  • Reading Intervention Expert


Students on the BGSU reading endorsement certificate start their online learning by identifying the significant areas of concern in literacy development including looking at the issues from psychological, sociological and historical points of view.

Next, current research supported alternative solutions are outlined, including techniques of assessing literacy and literacy intervention strategies for students in both the classroom and resource setting. 

Extensive field hours will build experiences of appropriate informal and formal instruments and the design of appropriate intervention and support services for the young reader.

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Literacy: Theories and Applications
  • Role of Phonics and Word Recognition in Reading and Instruction
  • Content Literacy P-12
  • Classroom Literacy Assessment and Intervention
  • Practicum in Literacy Intervention

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Updated: 01/29/2024 04:53PM