Applicants who are pursuing a Reading Endorsement and who meet Decision Point criteria will be admitted to enroll in up to 12 graduate semester hours required for completion of the Endorsement. These hours are concentrated in reading instruction.
A Reading Endorsement may be added at the graduate level only, to any valid Ohio Teaching Certificate/License. Candidates wishing to enroll in the Reading Endorsement program must have the following prerequisite course work:\
- Early and Middle Childhood Educators must have 12 hours of reading course work, including one course in Phonics and one reading methods course.
- Adolescent/Young Adult and Multiage Educators must have a minimum of 9 hours of reading course work, including one course in Phonics and one reading methods course.
- Candidates wishing to pursue Reading Endorsement who do not have the pre-requisites outlined above must take at least one of the pre-requisite courses at the graduate level.
Refer to the Ohio Board of Regents Guidance Document (PDF) for specific state requirements for Reading Endorsement.
Otterbein Reading Endorsement and MAT Reading programs require a minimum of 100 clock hours of substantive field experience. These hours are distributed across the four required courses, culminating in two formally supervised, on-campus clinical practicum experiences in EDUC 6660 and 6670. (MAR Reading candidates will engage in an additional 25-50 field hours in EDUC 6680). Student performance in the field is formally evaluated by a university-appointed supervisor. Those applying for the Reading Endorsement must take the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) test for reading. Because of the sequential nature of the Reading Endorsement courses, the student should seek the advice of the Graduate Education Advisor in the Graduate School at the beginning of the Reading Endorsement program.
- EDUC 6640 Reading Assessment & Instruction (3)
- EDUC 6650 Research-Based Reading & Writing PK-3 (3)
- EDUC 6660 Research-Based Reading & Writing 4-12 (3)
- EDUC 6670 Clinical I: Advanced Literacy Instruction (3)