Reading Specialist Endorsement

Endorsement

Learning language is an innate ability, but learning to read is not. Students who struggle with reading get further and further behind their classmates because remediation takes dedicated time that many teachers don’t have.

The reading specialist endorsement from Concordia University, Nebraska reaches every subject area because all areas involve reading.  If you believe in the importance of literacy and that there is never a “one size fits all” approach to addressing the literacy needs of students, then this endorsement is a perfect fit for you.

Reading specialist courses are designed to include assignments with practical applications and strategies that you can take directly into your classroom. Whether or not you want to become a reading specialist, this endorsement can help any teacher better serve their students’ needs.

Reading Specialist Endorsement Program Goals

Learn in-depth knowledge of the psychological, sociological and linguistic theoretical base of literacy education.

Employ an understanding and respect for the cultural linguistic, ethnic and academic diversity of literacy learners.

Understand formal and informal assessment methods that involve learner progress, diagnostic teaching, case studies and communication of the findings.

Build professional partnerships by actively participating in reading, reflection, interaction and presentation with other professionals and literacy organizations.

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The next start date for Reading Specialist Endorsement is Thursday, Jan 1.

Reading Specialist Endorsement Courses

Reading Specialist Endorsement

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    EDUC 566 Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools
    3
    A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of intermediate, junior, and senior high students (grades 4 through 12), emphasizing reading in the content areas, comprehension levels, reading-study skills, oral interpretation of literature, recreational reading, and current issues in teaching the older student to become more proficient in reading.
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    EDUC 565 The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development
    3
    A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of younger children (ages three through grade 3), emphasizing the characteristics of young children, oral language development, developing reading interests, the integration of all language arts in the beginning reading program, and current issues in teaching the young child to read.
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    EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
    3
    This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
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    EDUC 519 Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension & Fluency
    3
    This course will examine recent research-based instructional practices regarding phonics, vocabulary, spelling and fluency. Special emphases include: phonemic awareness, print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, alphabetic principle, decoding, reading practice with decodable text, irregular and high frequency words, fluency, development spelling and comprehension. The graduate student will research current theory, instructional practice and assessment related to each of the word study components within specific literacy developmental stages.
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    PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
    3
    A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
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    EDUC 622 Teaching Writing in Grades PK-12
    3
    A close examination of the writing of children and youth, and the techniques for teaching writing. Special emphasis on the relationship of writing to literature, reading, language, and the other language arts.
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    EDUC 635 Survey of Contemporary Literature from PK-12
    3
    A survey of contemporary literature for readers from pre-kindergarten level through grade 12. Students will become familiar with contemporary youth poetry and fiction, explore societal issues in literature, develop skills of literary analysis, and connect the use of literature to research in literary study and literacy learning.
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    EDUC 520 Literacy Assessment and Intervention
    3
    This course emphasizes the assessment and intervention process involving "striving" readers from diverse ability, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Special emphases include: identification of literacy difficulties, formal and informal assessment tools, evaluation, data analysis and appropriate intervention.
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    EDUC 630 Preliminary Design and Processes for a Case Study
    3
    This course emphasizes reading, discussing, and planning strategies to be implemented in a subsequent case study course. Set-up for the case study will include: criteria for how to select a student; actually selecting a student; how to gain parental consent; how to create a baseline for further interaction. Additional emphasis will be given in this course to diagnostic evaluation and the organization of the learning environment which will permit personalized literacy instruction for struggling readers. Time will be dedicated to the set-up of the final portfolio.
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    EDUC 631 Creating a Case Study in Literacy
    3
    This course will incorporate strategies that are geared to a specific K-12 student and are diagnostic (journal/log, plan/evaluate, re-plan/re-evaluate) in nature. Experiences will be coordinated in which the graduate student, under direct supervision, assesses reading abilities and develops individual educational programs and materials in reading for students with special needs: students experiencing literacy difficulties, gifted students, those with cultural differences and/or varied linguistic backgrounds. The baseline information on the K-12 student (e.g. reading inventory, reading level, and miscue analysis) will be used for the development of a plan of action and subsequent engagement for remediation. The case study will be the last project for the final portfolio.
  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 12
  • Course Length 8 weeks

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Reading Specialist Endorsement Delivery Options

We provide you with options so you can earn your degree in the way that works best for you.

On Campus

$410 credit hour
  • Conveniently located five minutes from downtown Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Structured programs/class times—meet once per week
  • Enhance your experience through social interaction with peers
  • Comfortable, professional facilities in which to learn and study
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Hybrid

$410 credit hour
  • Face-to-face access to peers and instructors
  • Convenience of online courses with a flexible on-campus option
  • Variety of learning environments enhances your communication skills
  • Work independently and as part of a group
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Online

$697 credit hour
  • Control your schedule and pace with flexible class options
  • Self-paced—study when it is convenient for you
  • Your classroom is available from the comforts of your home
  • Learn from instructors with diverse backgrounds from around the world
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