Reading Endorsement Areas of Competency

Washington State's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI),  the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education, requires specific academic courses for each of the following six paths toward the reading endorsement:

1.0 OSPI Common Core: Foundational Knowledge

Candidates have knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.

UW Bothell Courses

B EDUC 534 - Current Issues in Literacy Research
B EDUC 508 - Early Literacy Development and Instruction
B EDUC 510 - Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
B EDUC 517 - Working with Struggling Readers Grades 3-8
B EDUC 538 - Adolescent Literacy
B EDUC 535 - Writing Across the Curriculum
B EDUC 555 - Building Partnerships: Home, School, Community

2.0 OSPI Common Core: Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation

Candidates demonstrate knowledge of the assessment/evaluation/instruction cycle and how to use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.

UW Bothell Courses

B EDUC 518 - Observing and Describing Children and Their Work
B EDUC 537 - Assessment
B EDUC 508 - Early Literacy Development and Instruction
B EDUC 517 - Working with Struggling Readers Grades 3-8
B EDUC 510 - Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners

3.0 OSPI Common Core: Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Materials

Candidates have knowledge of a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.

UW Bothell Courses

B EDUC 508 - Early Literacy Development and Instruction
B EDUC 517 - Working with Struggling Readers Grades 3-8
B EDUC 510 - Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
B EDUC 538 - Adolescent Literacy
B EDUC 521 - Using Multicultural Literature in the Classroom
B EDUC 535 - Writing Across the Curriculum

4.0 OSPI Common Core: Creating a Literate Environment

Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials and the appropriate use of assessments.

UW Bothell Courses

B EDUC 510 - Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
B EDUC 518 - Early Literacy Development and Instruction
B EDUC 538 - Adolescent Literacy
B EDUC 535 - Writing Across the Curriculum
B EDUC 555 - Building Partnerships: Home, School, Community

5.0 OSPI Common Core: Professional Development

Candidates view professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.

UW Bothell Courses

B EDUC 539 - Literacy Coaching
B EDUC 518 - Observing and Describing Children and Their Work
B EDUC 510- Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners

6.0 OSPI Common Core: Instructional Methodology (Demonstration)

Candidates demonstrate a deep understanding of the pedagogical knowledge and practice specific to the teaching of reading and writing.

UW Bothell Courses

B EDUC 537 - Assessment
B EDUC 518 - Early Literacy Development and Instruction
B EDUC 539 - Literacy Coaching
B EDUC 518 - Observing and Describing Children and Their Work
B EDUC 538 - Adolescent Literacy
B EDUC 517 - Working with Struggling Readers Grades 3-8
B EDUC 535 - Writing Across the Curriculum

Adding a WA State Reading Endorsement

  1. Completion of an approved Reading Endorsement course of study (24 course credits).
  2. Successfully pass the WEST-E Reading test

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Reading Endorsement Student Checklist