Reading Intervention Endorsement Program

Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Program Director Leigh VonDerahe at with questions or for more information.

Lewis & Clark’s Reading Intervention Endorsement program provides pre-K through Grade 12 teachers with the chance to strengthen their literacy assessment and instruction skills. Throughout a candidate’s coursework they will explore the latest research on comprehension instruction, reading assessments, and working with special needs populations. The program focuses on learning from case studies of students and allows candidates opportunities to explore special topics of their interest. When a candidate completes the program, they are prepared to lead equitable, culturally responsive literacy instruction in their classrooms or to work as Reading Interventionists, Literacy Specialists, and/or Literacy Coaches.

Elementary school students read together in class.

Program Overview

Total credit hours: 14
Program length: 1 - 2 years of part-time study (evenings and summer)
Program start date: September, January, or June
Program director: Leigh VonDerahe

Off-campus and online classes
Oregon Writing Project
Northwest Writing Institute


Why Earn the Reading Intervention Endorsement?

The Reading Intervention Endorsement coursework is for those who currently hold a teaching license and are looking for additional professional development. The Endorsement prepares teachers to work as a Reading Interventionist at the Pre-K through Grade 12 levels. The role of a Reading Interventionist may look different depending on the school or district, but all have the common goal of building reading skills in all students. The Endorsement also prepares teachers to become a Literacy Coach, a position that works alongside teachers and administrators on professional development to further the literacy teaching practices of all teachers.

Additionally, endorsement coursework can:

  • Further the practice of Pre-K, Elementary, and Secondary teachers who specialize in any subject area, integrating expended knowledge of literacy into current classroom practices
  • Benefit administrators who are seeking ways to build the literacy practices of their school and district

I feel much more confident in teaching reading. I learned usable strategies and a lot of information.

Program alumnus, K-12 teacher

What to Expect

Adopting the stance of teacher- researchers, program participants and faculty explore different issues in the teaching of reading and writing. Within each course, students explore current research on literacy, conduct case-studies, and have opportunities to practice applying new learnings. The goal of the program is to offer educators tools to observe, describe and learn from the behaviors of their students and to build cohesive theoretical bases for learner-centered literacy programs. The program is designed for the needs of practicing professionals. Coursework is offered in the evenings, and is available online and/or on-site in a school district. Classes emphasize individual attention and the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively with fellow teachers and school leaders. All endorsement coursework may be applied to the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree.

Expectations for Admission

Teachers seeking to gain admission to the Reading Intervention Endorsement Program must possess an active, valid teaching license in any teaching field. Teachers may take up to three semester hours of coursework (one course) before being formally accepted into the program.

Apply Now

You can find admissions requirement information and an online application at the Graduate Admissions Office website.

For more information, or to make an appointment with a faculty advisor, contact the faculty program director, Leigh Vonderahe, at

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