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.

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 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 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.

Additionally, off-campus coursework allows for reduced tuition.

Summer 2022 (June - July) Course Offerings

Applications are currently being accepted for Summer 2022 courses.

READ 614
Reading Comprehension: Theory and Practical Application
Online, Tuesday zoom sessions from 8:00 - 12:00, 6/21 - 7/26.

READ 634
Language Acquisition and Development
Online, Wednesday zoom sessions from 8:00 - 12:00, 6/22 - 7/27.

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

Bring an Endorsement Program to your District

Leigh VonDerahe, Reading Program Director,

Shanta Calem, Administrative Specialist
Department of Teacher Education