For educators who want to add a specific area of expertise to their teaching license, Walden’s Reading K-12 Endorsement program is designed to broaden your teaching capabilities and prepare you as a skilled reading and literacy instructor.*

In this graduate-level program, you will:

  • Explore how to diagnose reading difficulties using a variety of literacy assessments.
  • Learn how to design and deliver effective literacy instruction to a diverse student population.
  • Discover how to collaborate with parents, staff, and other stakeholders to implement literacy-related initiatives.
  • Participate in supervised fieldwork to prepare for the specific challenges of reading instruction.
  • Benefit from curriculum informed by the International Reading Association, the latest reading research, and Dr. Dorothy Strickland, one of the foremost literacy experts.

The Reading K–12 Endorsement program at Walden takes you beyond teaching basic literacy skills to practices that engage students in active reading, critical thinking, and thoughtful writing. Through this endorsement program, you can earn a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) with a specialization in Reading and Literacy with a Reading K–12 Endorsement by taking four additional courses.

Gain a general understanding of the guidelines and requirements of the Reading K-12 Endorsement program with the Reading K-12 Endorsement Candidate Guidebook (abridged version). After you download the guidebook, please call 1-866-492-5336 to speak with your enrollment advisor for assistance in reviewing the information.

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  • “Reading and literacy continue to be at the forefront of educational policies, initiatives, and spending. Walden’s Reading K–12 Endorsement is a relevant and timely program designed to help teachers expand their skill sets, pave the way for new career opportunities, and most importantly, make a greater impact in the classroom.”

    Dr. Kate Steffens
    The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

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Completion Requirements

  • 19 total semester credit hours
    • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • 4 clinical practica (4 sem. cr.)
  • Virtual Field Experience (VFE®)
  • Completion and review of ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 12 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Walden is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer a program leading to the K-12 reading endorsement. Candidates must pass the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) before Walden can recommend candidates to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for the reading endorsement. The MTLE is offered exclusively in the United States. MDE is solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing endorsements and candidates are responsible for completing any other Minnesota requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved program.

Individuals interested in a reading endorsement in states other than Minnesota may qualify for the endorsement by virtue of completing a state-approved endorsement program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. In most cases, candidates do not need to qualify for the Minnesota endorsement. In the case where candidates are required to obtain the Minnesota endorsement before applying to their state, their current (initial) teaching license must be deemed equivalent to a comparable Minnesota initial license before the endorsement will be granted. This program is not approved for endorsement as a reading leader, reading specialist, etc.

Individuals enrolling internationally must be supervised by a teacher with a valid state teaching license, and must check that the program is accepted by their state for an endorsement to their current license.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

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Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 19 total semester credit hours  $515 per semester hour $9,785
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $320
    Total $10,105

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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The Reading K-12 Endorsement helps candidates achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Literacy Development: The teacher of reading analyzes and applies reading and writing developmental stages and processes as well as physical, social, emotional, cognitive, moral dimensions and environmental factors that impact literacy development in order to provide literacy learning opportunities that support student development.
  2. Diverse Literacy Learners: The teacher of reading analyzes how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates a positive and motivational literate environment that contributes to the success of all learners, including students with linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds, students who are identified as gifted and talented, and students who have reading difficulties.
  3. Literacy Instructional Strategies: The teacher of reading applies a variety of instructional methods and strategies including differentiated instruction, the study of different genres and text structures, and the use of digital and online tools and resources to encourage student development of critical- thinking, problem-solving, and literacy- performance skills.
  4. Literacy Assessment and Planning: The teacher of reading uses formal and informal assessment strategies to diagnose and ensure continuous literacy development of students as well as uses assessment data to inform the development of literacy curriculum and instruction at the classroom and school levels.
  5. Literacy Reflective Practice and Professional Growth: The teacher of reading is a reflective practitioner who evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  6. Literacy Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher of reading serves as a resource to other teachers and collaborates with parents, staff, and other stakeholders to help implement literacy-related initiatives, such as school and district reading programs, instructional and behavioral interventions, language development approaches, special education processes, textbook adoptions, and data-driven decision making.

For assistance in deciding which specialization fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.