This advanced program provides the classroom teacher with an in-depth preparation in literacy, reading assessments, and diagnosis of reading problems. Successful completion of this curriculum and the state examination are required for recommendation to the State of Ohio for the K-12 Reading Endorsement, which is added to a current teaching license. JCU’s Reading Endorsement program fulfills the requirements of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Under new state regulations, a minimum of 15 credits is required for the K-12 Reading Endorsement. In addition to JCU’s 12 graduate credits, three credits may be applied from previous reading coursework at either the undergraduate or graduate level to meet the 15-credit-hour requirement.

Prerequisites include a current teaching license/certificate and evidence of coursework that meets Ohio’s initial licensure Reading Core. An applicant’s college/university transcript will be reviewed to determine if additional coursework is needed beyond JCU’s 12 credits at the graduate level. Any additional coursework will need to be completed prior to recommendation for the K-12 Reading Endorsement.

Admission Requirements

  • Details on the application process can be found at this link!

Program Requirements

Literacy Perspectives (ED 565): 3 credit hours. Literacy development from historical, educational, and individual learning perspectives. Changes in the definition of literacy in response to social and economic needs. Theoretical frameworks of literacy acquisition and development, and literacy as a social invention.

Integrated Language Arts (ED 571): 3 credit hours. Trends and innovations in language-arts theory and instruction. Special consideration of the role of children’s and adolescents’ literature in the curriculum.

Literacy Internship (ED 573): 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: ED 578. Enables candidates to apply diagnostic techniques and intervention strategies in the clinic setting under the supervision of faculty. Provides a richer understanding of the teaching‑learning process. Candidates engage in tutorials designed to enhance teaching skills and the ability to articulate professional judgments to various audiences.

Literacy Assessment And Intervention Models (ED 578): 3 credit hours. Advanced course in processes and procedures of reading diagnosis and the application of findings to instruction. Candidates develop skills in observing, analyzing, and interpreting reading behaviors and design instructional intervention plans. Examination of current intervention models: classroom, school‑wide, and community‑based.

Course Schedule

  • ED 565, ED 578 — Fall Semester (September to December)
  • ED 571, ED 573 — Spring Semester (January to May)
    *Hybrid format (with online and classroom components)

Financial Assistance

  • Tuition scholarships are available to all licensed teachers. The scholarship will reduce tuition for graduate courses by 33%.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans. Only private loans are available as this is not a degree grantiing program.