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Literacy MA or Reading Teacher (K-12) Endorsement – Courses & Requirements

Designed for Working Teachers

This program can be completed in two years. It is offered via a teacher-friendly schedule that combines weekend and evening courses with additional online instruction. The hybrid in-person and online delivery bridges two key program benefits:

  • Because teaching literacy depends on highly personal relationships, the face-to-face curriculum allows for teaching methods and techniques to be modeled in cooperative learning settings.
  • The online portions of the course content allow for less overall classroom time, so that you can fit your coursework around your busy schedule.

Course of Study

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

Required Courses for All Students

EDRD 611 Language, Literacy and Cognitive Development (3)

EDRD 612 Reading in the Elementary Schools (3)

EDRD 614 Literature for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults (3)

EDRD 617 Evaluation and Improvements of Literacy Teaching and Learning (4)

EDRD 620 Reading in the Middle and Secondary Schools (3)

EDRD 642 Teaching the Writing Process in Schools (3)

EDRD 645 Reading Research (3)

EDRD 670 Directing a School-Wide Reading/Literacy Program (3)

EDRD 692 Clinical Practicum in Literacy Coaching (4)

Additional Courses for Master of Arts Students

EDRD 693 Capstone Reading Seminar (1)

SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (master’s requirement) (3)

Official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog:

Preparation for The State Reading Teacher Endorsement

By completing the endorsement or master's program credits, students fulfill the requirements for the institutional recommendation as a K-12 Reading Teacher.

Students wishing to obtain the Colorado Reading Teacher Grades K-12 Endorsement must provide evidence of two or more years of teaching experience in an accredited and/or established elementary, middle or secondary school while holding a type A or teaching license equivalent certificate. Students must also pass a State of Colorado administered proficiency examination (PLACE – Reading).

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Credits Required:
Master of Arts = 33
Endorsement = 29
Time to Completion:
2 years
$495/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jim Erekson


Program & Enrollment Manager:

Jon Shaw


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