Reading Endorsement

The Reading Endorsement at the University of Washington, Bothell, is designed for practicing teachers who hold an elementary or secondary teaching certificate. Teachers who complete the requirements for the Reading Endorsement will be prepared to be reading specialists or literacy coaches. Reading Endorsements at UW Bothell are offered only to students who are pursuing a M.Ed. degree.



In order to complete a Reading Endorsement at UW Bothell, you must complete the approved Reading Endorsement course of study (25 credits) which will help you meet the areas of competency established by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This course of study will also help you meet the higher levels of competency established by the International Reading Association for reading coaches or specialists.


To add a Reading Endorsement to your existing Washington State Teacher Certification, you must also pass a subject area test.  Washington state requires that every student passes the NES assessment test for Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction upon completion of all reading courses .


You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a plan for completing the 25 credits required for the Reading Endorsement. The course schedule has been established so that you can complete the requirements over a two-year period while attending school on a part-time basis. You will take four required courses (16 credits) and choose three elective classes (9 credits) from a list of courses offered by UW Bothell to fulfill the endorsement requirements.

Core Courses: 16 credits

BEDUC 508 Early Literacy Development and Instruction (3)*
BEDUC 517 Working with Readers who Struggle Grades 3-8 (3)*
BEDUC 510 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners (5)*
BEDUC 511: Reading Practicum: Responsive Small Group Instruction (5)
Required practicum; offered in summer

Elective Courses: 9 credits (3 credits each) chosen from this list

BEDUC 521 Using Multicultural Literature in the Classroom (3)
BEDUC 534 Current Issues in Literacy Research (3)
BEDUC 535 Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
BEDUC 537 Assessment (3)
BEDUC 538 Adolescent Literacy (3)

*Key assessment for endorsement

Further information

For further information about the Reading Endorsement at UW Bothell, please contact Dr. Antony Smith (