Literacy Endorsement

Reading Specialist K-12 Endorsement

“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
–Kofi Annan
 
Knowing how to communicate well via reading, writing, listening, and speaking makes a dramatic difference in individuals’ lives and opportunities. Literacy skills give us access to a wide range of literary text, which can contribute to our intellectual, emotional, cultural, and moral development. These skills are also instrumental for developing specialized knowledge in unlimited areas, including the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and trades. Strong verbal and written communication skills are increasingly essential for attaining economic independence and engaging in a democratic society. This endorsement aims to prepare candidates to take on the important and rewarding responsibility of teaching literacy and language arts to K-12 students with a range of learning needs, and to become literacy education leaders within schools and districts.

The literacy team at the University of Montana offers the State of Montana Reading Specialist K-12 Endorsement for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students.

Courses are designed to address national and state standards and to promote professional competencies, which have been endorsed by the International Literacy Association (ILA) as key skills for literacy teachers who may serve in a variety of roles, including reading teachers, reading specialists, and literacy coaches.

Undergraduate

Students seeking initial teaching licensure in elementary, secondary, or K-12 content areas can simultaneously complete the Literacy Endorsement program.

To see the full list of required courses for the Literacy Endorsement program, please review the Literacy Endorsement Program of Study

Students not yet admitted to the Teacher Education Program will apply for the Literacy Endorsement program when applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Applicants complete either the secondary/K-12 or elementary application and the Literacy Endorsement application. Teacher Education Program applications can be found on the Department of Teaching & Learning page

Students who have already been accepted to the Teacher Education Program and are now looking to add the Literacy Endorsement must complete the Literacy Endorsement application.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

Undergraduate students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of individual, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity in the teaching process
  3. Demonstrate instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction
  4. Demonstrate assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction
  5. Integrate knowledge and practices to monitor and evaluate the reading program and student learning.

All candidates must take and pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge Test: Reading (test number 5204, minimum passing score 159). Please visit the Licensure Specialist for details.

Graduate

For currently licensed teachers, we offer Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction which incorporates the required Literacy Endorsement coursework. For further details on this graduate program and instructions for application, please view our M.Ed. Literacy Education website.

For those who already have a master’s degree in education or an education-related field, or those who are interested in the Literacy Endorsement program without pursuing a master’s degree, can pursue a 24-credit Literacy Endorsement program at the graduate level or the post-baccalaureate (undergraduate) level. If you are interested in this track, please review the Literacy Endorsement Program of Study. To apply, complete the Literacy Endorsement program application.

Graduate students who do not hold a teaching license may complete elementary or secondary teaching licensure simultaneously with the Literacy Endorsement. Please visit the M.Ed. program page for more information.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

Graduate students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the strands of literacy: psychological, developmental, cultural, political, and historical
  2. Apply knowledge of the current research and theory that drives literacy instruction in a K-12 curriculum
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and competence in assessment and intervention of reading and writing
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of the literacy specialist or consultant within the school and community
  5. Demonstrate assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity, learning styles, and linguistic differences
  7. Participate in a supervised practicum with children and youth in developmental, corrective, and accelerated reading instruction

All candidates must take and pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge Test: Reading (test number 5204, minimum passing score 159). Please visit the Licensure Specialist for details.

Contact Us

FACULTY:

Kate Brayko
Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching & Learning
kate.brayko@umontana.edu
(406) 243-4841

ENDORSEMENT & LICENSURE:

Megan LaPalm
Academic Advisor
Department of Teaching & Learning
megan.lapalm@umontana.edu
406.243.6170

Kristi Murphy
Licensure & Assessment Manager
Teacher Education Services
kristi.murphy@umontana.edu
406-243-2121