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An endorsement is a post-graduate specialized teaching enhancement that can be added to your current teacher license. Having one or more endorsements in areas of special interest to you has the power to expand your teaching career options and provide you with advanced in-demand skills that:

  • Enhance your ability to teach, motivate, and inspire your students.
  • Increase your personal job satisfaction.
  • Give you a competitive edge for teaching positions.
  • Qualify you for positions of leadership and program development beyond teaching.

Online education endorsement programs offer a convenient and flexible method for elevating your credentials while working as a full-time teacher. Examples of some specialty areas are:

  • Reading K–12 Endorsement—Broadens your teaching capabilities and prepares you as a skilled reading and literacy instructor.
  • Early Childhood Endorsement—Prepares you to teach pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.
  • ESL Endorsement—Covers the principles and practice of both supporting as well as teaching English in all content areas to students who are not proficient in English or who do not speak, read, or write English.
  • Special Education Endorsement—Prepares you to teach preschool and school-age children with special learning needs or disabilities.
  • Middle School Endorsement—Authorizes you to teach subjects in Grades 5–8 with a few exceptions.

Become Part of the Education Solution

In a comprehensive landmark study conducted in 2010, the National Committee on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) showed a “precipitous decline” over the past 20 years in the years of experience possessed by the country’s teachers.

In 1987–88, the typical teacher had 15 years of experience. By 2007–08, the typical teacher had just 1–2 years of experience. The study also revealed that many teachers are teaching subjects outside of their personal areas of expertise.*

In this environment—regardless of whether you are a new teacher or have decades of teaching experience—you can make a significant contribution to the quality of teaching. You can improve the learning experience for your students by acquiring advanced skills with an education endorsement program in your area of interest from an online university.

Freedom to Teach in Your Area of Interest

Adding an online education endorsement to your teaching credentials in a subject you are passionate about can empower you with more control over the direction of your career. Nationwide teacher shortages exist in specific specializations such as K–12 reading, special education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Earning an education endorsement in one of these areas may give you the upper hand in determining your salary, where you teach, and how your teaching career advances.

According to a study conducted in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute for Literacy, 32 million American adults can't read. That's 14% of the population. Twenty-one percent of adults read below a fifth-grade level, and 19% of high school graduates can't read. Statistics show that the current U.S. literacy rate is no better than it was 10 years ago.

Online Reading K–12 Endorsement Program at Walden University

Walden University offers a high-caliber Reading K–12 Endorsement Program online, designed to expand and strengthen your teaching capabilities 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.

Four Courses Away From an Online Master’s Degree in Education

Upon successful completion of the endorsement program, you have the option to complete the requirements for an MS in Education with a specialization in Reading and Literacy with a Reading K–12 Endorsement.

Explore Walden University's online Reading K–12 Endorsement Program and specialized certification programs that fit your career goals. Earn your degree at a pace that fits your life and schedule.

*Who Will Teach? Experience Matters (2010). National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future. Retrieved from http://nctaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/NCTAF-Who-Will-Teach-Experience-Matters-2010-Report.pdf

†Survey (2013) by U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Literacy. Retrieved from http://www.statisticbrain.com/number-of-american-adults-who-cant-read/

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