Reading Intervention Endorsement Program

Lewis & Clark’s off-campus Reading Intervention endorsement programs are especially designed for practicing teachers. They can take place in school districts and also utilize online and/or hybrid models to make our coursework accessible to all teachers. 

I learned new practical elements for my practice and have a deeper awareness of my own reading.
- K-12 teacher and Reading Endorsement program graduate

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

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 M.Ed 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 meet in Portland Metro Area school districts and online. Classes emphasize individual attention and the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively with fellow teachers and school leaders. Additionally, off-campus coursework allows for reduced tuition. 

Credit hours and courses: 14 (four courses, one practicum). Learn more
Program length and time commitment: Part-time classes (weekday evenings and summers), averaging two years of study. 
Program start:
 September, January, or June. 
View the current program of study in the course catalog

Fall 2021 Course Offerings: 

READ 634: Language Acquisition and Development, Online. Zoom sessions on Thursdays 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2 and 12/16 with additional online work in-between. This course is a good starting point in the Reading Intervention Program and qualifies for reduced tuition. 

READ 620: Innovations in Reading, Hybrid format with in-person meetings in North Clackamas School District. In-person sessions on 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29,12/13, with online work in-between. This course is recommended for teachers in or near the North Clackamas School District and qualifies for reduced tuition.

Apply to the program or register as a special student to join.

Interested in bringing an Endorsement Program to your district?

Please contact:
Erin Ocón, Inservice Program Director
Department of Teacher Education

Shanta Calem, Administrative Specialist
Department of Teacher Education


All Current and Upcoming Cohorts