College of Education
The University of North Georgia offers the reading endorsement for attachment to an existing Georgia certificate.
What is the Reading Endorsement?
The University System of Georgia Reading Consortium (USGRC) has designed a Reading Endorsement for Georgia's P-12 classroom teachers. The Georgia Reading Endorsement was officially approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission in the Fall 1998.
The USGRC identified three strands which should be addressed by programs offering an endorsement.
Consortium members also developed two models for delivering the endorsement content:
The Summer Reading Institute and follow-up classroom implementation, and a distance learning approach utilizing web-based classes.
- theories of reading and the reading process,
- linking assessment and instruction, and
- instructional strategies specific to the content areas of individual classroom teachers.
UNG's approach to the Reading Endorsement
UNG offers a variety of tracks toward obtaining this endorsement.
Completely online coursesThe three graduate courses required for this endorsement include:
- Summer - LART 6001 Trends and Practices in Reading Education
- Fall - LART 6002 Assessment in Literacy Instruction
- Spring- LART 6003 Materials and Reading
These courses are available at UNG completely online and may be taken for professional learning or graduate (3 semester hours or 5 PLU credits per course). A single application is required for professional learning units. An additional application to the Graduate School at North Georgia College & State University is required for graduate credit (see Graduate Studies). These courses may be applied as electives in some Master's degree programs; please check with your advisor about this option before enrolling in the courses.
Contact program coordinator for more information concerning this option.
Onsite school/district level program
UNG will coordinate an onsite program or institute for schools or districts with a group of 20 or more participants. These programs may be run throughout a school year or as a summer institute with application of knowledge during the following school year.
Each of the above options must include a field-based experience. Most endorsement level students are employed in P-12 schools, which provides direct contact with schools and students. Reading endorsement participants are expected to apply advanced knowledge and skills in their respective classrooms. Students completing the NGCSU Master's degree program will plan a capstone experience that has direct linkage to school improvement and/or action research in their schools or classrooms.
Dr. Megan Nason, Coordinator
105A Dunlap Hall, UNG, Dahlonega
How do I add the Reading Endorsement to my certificate?You have to apply for it when you have completed the coursework. Grades and your degree (if applicable) have to be posted by the Registrar before anything can be processed. Please follow the directions at the link below.