Online Reading Endorsement starting Spring 2024

Reading Endorsement Preparation - Non-Degree

The K-12 Reading Endorsement is a fully online 13-hour graduate experience that allows you to teach reading to K-12 students.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Lori Wilfong | | 330-672-2580

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Please Note the Following Before Beginning the K-12 Reading Endorsement Coursework

The state of Ohio requires a certain number of prerequisite hours in reading (9-12 depending on license) before one can begin the graduate K-12 endorsement coursework. Most recent education graduates in Ohio meet this 9-12 hour requirement. However, if you attended school in another state or graduated some time ago, you may not have the necessary hours in reading coursework. If you think this applies to you, please complete a verification form (DOC) and submit it with an unofficial copy of your transcript to Dr. Wilfong at Please note: This is not your formal Kent State graduate application.

  • 12 hours needed: Applicants holding ECED and MCED licensure
  • 9 hours needed: Applicants holding the Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA), multi-age, or career technical license
How to Apply for the Reading Endorsement Program

Consider applying to the Master of Education in Reading Specialization program (M.Ed.). You earn the K-12 endorsement within this program. You have a total of 6 years to complete this degree. You would have 18 hours (6 courses) left after the reading endorsement courses to complete your degree. You may also apply as graduate non-degree for the endorsement program only. However please note only 12 hours will transfer to a master’s program if you apply as graduate non-degree.

Go to the Application page.

Check "Special Non-Degree" for Reading Endorsement only or "Master of Education" for the Master's Degree. If you are selecting the Master's Degree, write in "Reading Specialization" as your major. (The GRE is not required for those enrolling in the Reading Endorsement or Master's Degree in Reading Specialization.)

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lori Wilfong:

About the Coursework

The courses in the K-12 Reading Endorsement are:

  • CI 6/77310: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Reading (3 hrs)
    Nature and development of reading, approaches to instruction, relation to learning and development.
  • CI 6/77319: Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading (3 hrs)
    Theory and application of diagnostic principles and remedial reading approaches with school-age children. Cultural, linguistic, cognitive and affective factors in diagnosing and remediating reading problems. Prerequisite: CI 67310.
  • CI 6/77692: Clinical Practicum in Corrective Reading (3 hrs)
    Application of previous courses includes supervised diagnostic/prescriptive reading work with school-age pupils and diagnostic/remedial reporting. Prerequisite: CI 67319.
  • CI 6/77330: Reading in Content Areas (3 hrs)
    Information and competencies for improving students' reading and studying in the content areas. Focus on intermediate grades through postsecondary years.
  • CI 67396: Individual Investigation in Reading and Language Arts (1 hr)
    Internship in grade levels outside your current licensure. There are many ways to earn these hours in grade bands outside of your current license even if you are employed full time. Course taken specifically with Dr. Wilfong.
  • If needed - MCED 50005: Effective Use of Phonics in Reading (3 hrs)
    The influence of theoretical perspectives on word identification instruction, an examination of the role of phonics in reading and writing, strategies for effective phonics instruction and assessment. In order NOT to take this class, you must show evidence of a phonics course in previous coursework.
Obtaining the K-12 Reading Endorsement

In addition to completing the reading endorsement coursework, you must take the following test: OAE Reading (K-12) exam, subtest 1 (38) and 2 (39). Please note that Kent State cannot process a request to the State of Ohio for the Reading Endorsement without test scores.

Program Information

Program Description

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.


For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Questions in Anticipation of Licensure Form
  • 9-12 credit hours in reading coursework, depending on licensure
  • Evidence of valid teaching license from the State of Ohio

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Spring Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Summer Term
    • Rolling admissions
Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Completers of this program will be able to:

  1. Articulate the foundations of reading development and instruction.
  2. Plan effective lessons for students using appropriate methods, texts, strategies and goals.
  3. Assess and evaluate students’ literacy achievement.

Program Requirements

Endorsement Requirements 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:13

Students declared in a doctoral degree should enroll in the doctoral level version of these courses, if offered.

Graduation Requirements

  • Candidates seeking Ohio teaching endorsement are required to pass specific requirements in order to apply for endorsement from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Students should consult the Literacy Education program for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to endorsement.
  • Students who do not apply for endorsement within 12 months of program completion may be subject to additional course requirement, based on standards in force at the time of application.

Licensure Information

Prior to program completion, the candidate must demonstrate proficiencies in the following areas (including but not limited to): data literacy and analysis; use of research and assessment data; leadership and collaboration; utilizing and supporting appropriate technology for the discipline; and application of professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to their field of specialization.

Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • Fully online

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