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 an approved Reading Endorsement course of study (24 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. Beginning September 2014, WA state is requiring NES assessment for the Reading endorsements. If you have already take the WEST-E test for Reading prior to September 1, 2014, you are not required to take the NES assessment and may submit the WEST-E score report with your application at any time. (Transition information available.)


You will work with a faculty advisor to develop an individualized plan for completing the 24 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 can choose from the following courses offered by UW Bothell to fulfill those requirements:

B EDUC 510: Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
B EDUC 517: Working with Struggling Readers Grades 3-8
B EDUC 518: Observing and Describing Children and Their Work
B EDUC 521: Using Multicultural Literature in the Classroom
B EDUC 534: Current Issues in Literacy Research
B EDUC 537: Assessment
B EDUC 555: Building Partnerships: Home, School, and Community
B EDUC 539: Literacy Coaching
B EDUC 535: Writing Across the Curriculum
B EDUC 508: Early Literacy Development and Instruction
B EDUC 538: Adolescent Literacy

Further information

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