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Reading Endorsement Program

This advanced program provides the classroom teacher with an in-depth preparation in literacy, reading assessments, and diagnosis of reading problems. Successful completion of this curriculum and the state examination are required for recommendation to the State of Ohio for the K-12 Reading Endorsement, which is added to a current teaching license. The endorsement also fulfills the requirements of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Under new state regulations, a minimum of 15 credits is required for the K-12 Reading Endorsement. In addition to JCU’s 12 graduate credits, three credits may be applied from previous reading coursework at either the undergraduate or graduate level to meet the 15-credit-hour requirement.


  • a current teaching license/certificate
  • evidence of coursework that meets Ohio’s initial licensure Reading Core.

Applicant transcripts will be reviewed to determine if additional coursework is needed beyond JCU’s 12 credits at the graduate level.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Dan Reynolds
Telephone: 216.397.4692

Details on the application process can be found at this link!

  • Literacy Perspectives (ED 565)
  • Integrated Language Arts (ED 571)
  • Literacy Internship (ED 573)
  • Literacy Assessment And Intervention Models (ED 578)
  • ED 565* and ED 571* — Summer
  • ED 565, ED 578 — Fall Semester
  • ED 571, ED 573 — Spring Semester

*Hybrid format (with online and classroom components)

Tuition scholarships are available to licensed teachers. 

The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.