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Reading Endorsement

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Teachers may add the reading endorsement to an existing license without completing an entire master's degree. Earning your reading endorsement at Baldwin Wallace includes four courses that are three credit hours each.

The PK-12 reading endorsement meets Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements. The endorsement positions teachers to assess, plan for and implement programs that increase students' literacy skills. Teachers will have the credential along with the knowledge and skills needed to provide the intensive instruction for struggling students that is called for in the guarantee.

Qualifications for the Reading Endorsement in Ohio

Teachers seeking the reading endorsement must have completed the 12-hour reading core prior to registering for courses in the literacy specialization. BW will help teachers determine which undergraduate courses are needed.

Ohio 12-Hour Reading Core Requirement

In Ohio, teachers seeking the reading endorsement must complete the Ohio-mandated 12-hour reading core before enrollment. Early childhood and middle childhood education teachers likely completed this reading core with their initial license.

The BW Department of Education will review transcripts for all applicants applying for admission to the literacy program to identify reading courses. BW will work with you to determine whether additional reading courses would be needed so that Ohio legislative code requirements for the reading endorsement are met.

Reading Endorsement Curriculum


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(440) 826-8012,

Department of Education

(440) 826-2166, (440) 826-3779 (fax)

Academic Advisor (Licensed Teachers)

Gail Habig, (440) 826-6534,

Dept. of Education Contact (Initial Teaching License)

Dr. Debra Janas,

Literacy Program Coordinator

Dr. Rochelle Berndt, (440) 826-6974,

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