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 developing readers.

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

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The Reading Specialist endorsement requires 18 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.

  • CI 615: Learning and Reading Strategies (3 credit hours)
  • CI 705: Knowledge and Beliefs about Reading (3 credit hours)
  • CI 714: Reading Instruction and Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • CI 734: Literature-Based Reading Programs (3 credit hours)
  • CI 736: Organizing a Reading Program (3 credit hours)
  • CI 821: Classroom Reading Practicum (3 credit hours)

Admission to the program

Requirements for admission is included in the Teacher Education Application Packet. To request a packet, click the link below. The packet includes:

  • Admission Requirements
  • Application for Admission into Non-Degree A Category
  • Admission Testing Requirements
  • Attestation of Eligibility