Reading Intervention Endorsement Program

Lewis & Clark’s off-campus Reading Intervention endorsement program is especially designed for practicing teachers. Courses take place within school districts and utilize online and/or hybrid models to make our coursework accessible to all teachers.

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


Why Partner with Lewis & Clark?

The debates around literacy and teaching reading are real, and our teaching practices have lasting effects on students, teachers, and school communities at large.

At Lewis & Clark, we believe in a research-based, comprehensive literacy framework that includes foundational skills such as systematic and explicit phonics and phonemic awareness instruction, opportunities for real writing, strong formative assessments, and high-quality, culturally responsive texts and materials. We stand firmly in a student-centered approach to learning, where educators will deepen their own personal pedagogy while adding valuable theoretical knowledge and a direct practical application of skills and strategies to their practice. At LC, we make curiosity and commitment to being a life-long learner a cornerstone of our important work together.

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 be even more responsive to the variety of literacy needs and experiences within their classrooms, and/or to work as a Reading Interventionist or Literacy Coach at any Pre-K through Grade 12 level. While the role of a Reading Interventionist or Literacy Coach may look different depending on the school or district, all have the common goal of advancing the reading skills of all students.

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
  • Language Acquisition—a required course in the sequence—will also count towards the ESOL Endorsement at Lewis & Clark. Many teachers go on to obtain their endorsements in both areas. Coursework completed in the Reading Endorsement can also be applied to an Inservice MEd degree at Lewis & Clark.

What to Expect from Off-campus Coursework

The endorsement cohorts are designed for the needs of practicing professionals, with coursework offered in the evenings and during the summer.  Classes can meet in Portland Metro Area school districts and/or online. Classes emphasize individual attention and the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively with fellow teachers and school leaders. The program is designed for learning research-based theoretical knowledge of best practices as well as direct, practical application of skills and strategies to the classroom.

Additionally, off-campus coursework allows for reduced tuition.

Bring an Endorsement Program to your District or Organization

Emily Hancock, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Placements