Reading Endorsement (P–12) Required Courses

The Reading Endorsement requires 23–26 total credits, and you must complete the following required courses:

Multicultural Course
EDRD 5421 Multicultural Children's Lit (K–5) (3)
Distance Learning
EDRD 5422 Multicultural Children's Lit (6–12) (3)
Distance Learning

Writing Course
EDWR 5548 Using Nonfiction to Motivate Reading & Writing (5)
Distance Learning
EDRD 6533*** Writing: Process to Product (K–12) (3)
Online (Winter Quarter)

Assessment Course
EDRD 5737 Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Evaluation & Assessment (4)
Distance Learning
EDRD 6506*** Literacy Assessment and Standards (3)
SPU campus (Summer Sessions)

Additionally, you must complete all of the following courses:

EDRD 5641 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
Online (Spring Quarter)

EDRD 5735 Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically Based Research (3)
Distance Learning

EDSE 5653 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Students (3)
SPU campus (Summer Institutes)

EDCN 5730 Field Experience/PPA* (5)

*Candidates are encouraged to notify the Endorsement Coordinator 90 days before their intention to complete Field Experience
which is offered during Autumn (September-December), Winter (January-March) and Spring (March-June).  

In order to be eligible for Field Experience the following MUST be completed:

  • Admitted to the endorsement program (email for more information)
  • All required coursework complete
  • Official NES score submitted to SPU (

 Then, you must notify the endorsement coordinator to be considered for the next applicable Field Experience cohort. Please keep in mind the following deadlines:**

        AUTUMN FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by July 31st
       WINTER FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by October 31st
       SPRING FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by January 31st

 **However, cohorts often fill quickly so it is at the candidate’s advantage to notify intent as early as possible. Once a cohort is full the candidate will be placed on a wait list and will only be admitted if a space becomes available.

***EDRD 6533 and EDRD 6506 must be taken at the 6000-level. Graduate tuition rates will apply.

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