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Literacy Program

The Literacy Master and/or Reading (Pre K-12) Endorsement program specialty area prepares candidates to develop advanced cognitive and leadership skills appropriate for lead teacher, curriculum coordinator, and mentor in literacy.  Literacy professionals with an endorsement and/or master’s degree in literacy are responsible for meeting literacy needs of all students.  The standards and criteria for judging candidates are established by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and mandated by the Ohio Department of Education. 

Core Requirements9
Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to Improve Learning
Brain Based Teaching and Learning
Psychology of Learning and Education
Action Research in Urban and Rural Education
Introduction to Educational Research
Specialty Area Courses24
The following courses should be taken in sequence. Please see advisor for more information.
Literacy, Reading, and Language Arts Programs
Organizing and Managing Diverse Literacy Environments
Literacy and Phonics Instruction: Early Years
Content Literacy Young Adolescent to Adult
Reading and Language Arts Assessment 1
Practicum: Coaching for Effective Literacy Instruction
Practicum: Case Study in Reading and Language Arts
The Reading and Language Arts Professional
Total Semester Hours33

Candidates must purchase a TaskStream account at the beginning of their studies, which is necessary for our accreditation through The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

All literacy candidates must pass a comprehensive examination covering all of the Specialty Area Courses.  Please see the Department of Teacher Education for applications, times, and dates.  Effective Summer 2017, all candidates will be completing a comprehensive eportfolio instead of the Comprehensive Examination. 

“An endorsement of a teacher license, valid for teaching the subject or learners named, shall be issued to an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree; who is deemed to be of good moral character; who has successfully completed an approved program of preparation; who has success­fully completed an examination prescribed by the State Board of Education; and who has been recommended by the dean or head of teacher education at an approved institution. The endorse­ment may be added to any standard teaching certificate, or provisional or professional teaching license.” (From ODE, 2004, Teacher Education Licensure Standards)  The courses required for the Endorsement are TERG 6923, TERG 6924, TERG 6926, TERG 6927, and TERG 6928.

Passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) is required by the Ohio Department of Education for the endorsement.  There are two parts to this examination:  OAE Reading-Subtest I (038) passing score of 220 or higher; and the OAE Reading-Subtest II (039) passing score of 220 or higher.  To register for the exams go to 

Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates develop a deep understanding of the critical concepts and principles of their field of preparation and, by completion, are able to use professional specialty practices flexibly to advance the learning of all P-12 students toward attainment of college- and career- readiness standards.
  • Candidates demonstrate their proficiencies to understand and apply knowledge and skills appropriate to their professional field of specialization so that learning and development opportunities for all P-12 are enhanced, through:
    • Applications of data literacy;
    • Use of research and understanding of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research methodologies;
    • Employment of data analysis and evidence to develop supportive school environments;
    • Leading and/or participating in collaborative activities with others such as peers, colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, and parents;
    • Supporting appropriate applications of technology for their field of specialization;
    • Application of professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to their field of specialization.
  • Advanced program completers learn and apply specialized content and discipline knowledge contained in approved state and/or national discipline-specific standards.