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Reading Intervention Endorsement Program

Lewis & Clark’s Reading Intervention Endorsement coursework applies a dynamic view of literacy to reading and writing instruction in 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. Click here to view current and upcoming cohorts.

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

The Endorsement cohorts are designed for the needs of practicing professionals, with coursework offered in the evenings, on weekends, during the summer and on-site within a school district. Classes emphasize individual attention and the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively with fellow teachers and school leaders.

Credit hours and courses: 14 (four courses, one practicum). Learn more
Program length and time commitment: Part-time classes (weekday evenings), averaging 2 - 2 1/2 years of study. Participants can expect to dedicate 3-5 hours outside of class toward their studies, which may vary due to the pace of the participant, weekly assignments, etc. Full-time summer study is also available.
Program start:
 September, January, or June. Course dates and times will be discussed at the info session and are decided based upon availability of the group.
View the current program of study in the course catalog

Program Goals

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, the culture of our classrooms and who learns in them. The Endorsement aims to:

  • Prepare teachers that are able to help students of all ages understand and draw deeper meaning from material across content areas, enriching comprehension of both non-fiction and fiction materials
  • Offer educators tools to observe, describe and learn from the behaviors of their students
  • Build cohesive theoretical bases for learner-centered literacy programs

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