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 (MSEd) 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.

Note on Licensure
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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