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Endorsement - Reading

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) does not offer courses for the Reading Endorsement. There are many quality programs in the state that offer the required courses.

The following contact list is not comprehensive but you can e-mail the contact person to ask about their availability of classes, schedule, etc.

Please contactjennifer[dot]throndsen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jennifer Throndsen) if your information is missing below.

Brigham Young University 
Joyce Terry | joyce[und]terry[at]byu[dot]edu(E-mail)

Northeastern Utah Educational Services (NUES)

Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC)

Southern Utah University
Leilani Nautu | leilani[dot]nautu[at]suu[dot]eduE-mail)

Summit Academy (USBE or Southern Utah University credit)
Libby Jacobs | ljacobs[at]2summit[dot]org(E-mail)

Utah State University
Sylvia Read | sylvia[dot]read[at]usu[dot]edu(E-mail)

Utah Valley University
Dr. Mary Sowder | mary[dot]sowder[at]uvu[dot]edu(E-mail)

University of Utah
Dr. Jan Dole | jan[dot]dole[at]utah[dot]edu(E-mail)

Westminster College
Dr. Kristi Jones | kristijones[at]westminstercollege[dot]edu(E-mail) 

Level 1

Level I Reading Endorsement Application

The Utah Reading Endorsement offers practicing elementary and secondary teachers an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills in the area of literacy. The purpose of this program is to strengthen reading achievement of Utah's school children by providing their teachers with the strategies, processes, and structures for augmenting classroom reading instruction in grades K-12.

The Level 1 Reading Endorsement requires a passing score on a PRAXIS content knowledge test and seven (7) graduate-level courses taken within the last eight (8) years.

PRAXIS

The PRAXIS Teaching Reading (0204 or 5204) test must be passed with a score of 159 or higher. Click here for more information about the test, including test preparation materials and registration. This requirement was instituted on January 1, 2011, and any application submitted after that date is required to have a passing Praxis score.

Courses

The following seven course frameworks demonstrate the depth and breadth of the expected curriculum within a course meeting that requirement. Reading endorsement courses are aligned to Utah’s instructional goals and Core Standards as well as to the International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards.

Note: All course frameworks updated in 2015-2016.

  1. Foundations of Literacy Instruction
  2. Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines
  3. Reading Assessment and Instructional Interventions
  4. K-12 Literacy Processes and Practices: Instructional Implications
  5. Reading Comprehension Instruction
  6. Writing Instruction
  7. Literature and Informational Texts for Children and Adolescents

If you are an institution that would like to demonstrate your alignment to the Utah Level 1 Reading Endorsement Frameworks, please submit the following via e-mail to the K-12 Literacy Coordinator, jennifer[dot]throndsen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jennifer Throndsen):

  1. Contact information for the person submitting the information. 
  2. Official university course description, including course level designation.
  3. Current syllabus for the course being taught.
  4. Written summary of the alignment between the Utah Framework and the proposed class, including documentation or artifacts as needed.
  5. List of instructors for the course and current curriculum vita (Utah requires a minimum of a Master’s degree and Level 2 reading endorsement for course instructors).

Level 2

Level 2 Reading Endorsement Application

Teachers who have obtained a Level I Endorsement and who want to work as school- or district-level literacy coaches will want to complete the Level 2 Endorsement. This endorsement provides a systems-level perspective on literacy instruction and program design and will deepen the candidate’s knowledge of literacy instruction and implementation.

Courses

The following course frameworks demonstrate the depth and breadth of the expected curriculum within a course meeting that requirement. Reading endorsement courses are aligned to Utah’s instructional goals and Core Standards as well as to the International Reading Association Standards.

Note: Course frameworks updated in 2015-2016.

  1. Literacy Research (New)
  2. Instructional Leadership of Literacy Programs (coming soon)
  3. Literacy Specialist Internship

Other Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Utah Reading Endoresements
International Reading Association

USBE Reading Endorsement Correlation with International Literacy Association 2010 Standards for Reading Professionals