Reading Intervention Endorsement Program

Program Details

Total credit hours: 14
Program start:
 September, January, or June
Program length:
 1 - 2 years of part-time study (evenings and summer)
View the current program of study in the course catalog
Inservice Program Director: Erin Ocón,

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There is still time to join us for a fall course! Fall courses will begin after September 7, 2021. Applications are still being accepted. 

Lewis & Clark’s Reading Intervention Endorsement program applies a dynamic view of literacy to reading and writing instruction in the schools. Our course of study builds on the belief that language, in all its richness of form and function, is the foundation from which effective literacy evolves. The program’s theoretical base owes much to the work of Nancie Atwell, Donald Graves, Ellin Keene, Louise Rosenblatt, Frank Smith, and others who maintain that reading, writing, listening, and speaking are all language processes. We take an integrated and holistic approach to the teaching of these skills.

I feel much more confident in teaching reading. I learned usable strategies and a lot of information.—Program alumnus, K-12 teacher

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

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 literacy, language arts instruction, the intersections of literacy and politics, and the culture of our classrooms and who learns in them. 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 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 hours of coursework 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, Erin Ocón, at

For Current Students

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Wish to continue your Inservice studies?

Students currently enrolled in an Inservice degree or endorsement program who would like to continue their Inservice studies in another endorsement program may be eligible for an abbreviated application process. Use the form below.

 Inservice Request to Add Program form