EndorsementReading Specialist

The Reading Specialist advanced program from Wichita State enables educators, through research-based activities, to gain the additional skills in instruction, assessment, strategies and programs needed to make a positive impact on readers with and without exceptionalities, including dyslexia.

Learn how the Reading Specialist endorsement is the right fit for you.

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The Reading Specialist endorsement requires 16 credit hours of coursework, including a practicum. It also requires two years of teaching experience in an accredited K-12 school and a passing score on the reading content exam. Once completed, you will be eligible to apply for a reading specialist initial license.

  • ISLE 615: Learning and Reading Strategies (3 credit hours)
  • ISLE 705: Science of Reading (2 credit hours)
  • ISLE 714: Reading Instruction and Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • ISLE 734: Interventions for Dyslexia and Other Reading-Related Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • ISLE 736: Dyslexia and the Brain (2 credit hours)
  • ISLE 821: Dyslexia and Literacy Practicum (3 credit hours)

Admission to the program

  1. Admission to Nondegree Category A provides students the opportunity to take any level of graduate coursework for which they have prerequisites. Students in this category are not restricted and may take courses at the 800-level or above. Nondegree applicants seeking graduate certificates must be admitted under this category. Upon satisfactory completion of a course, credit is placed on a Wichita State University graduate transcript. However, only credit earned in courses numbered 500 and above is counted as graduate credit work.

    Students applying for admission in this category must meet the following requirements:
    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A grade point average of at least 2.750 in the last 60 hours of coursework (or nearest semester or term break to this), including any post-bachelor's graduate work. Some programs require higher grade point averages and other admission credentials.
    • Students who do no meet the 2.750 grade point average requirement may be admitted to this category on probation if reasonable evidence exists to indicate their ability to perform satisfactorily in 800-level or above coursework.
  1. Attestation of Eligibility (docx)
  2. Background check