Apr 24, 2024  
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog 
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog

Reading — P-12 Additional Endorsement

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Multilingual Education, Woodring College of Education

31-35 credits

NOTE: The Reading endorsement program is only for those who are already P-12 teachers or in a P-12 ECE, ELED, Secondary or SPED full teacher education program with a full internship in the appropriate grade level.


This program, combined with a performance-based assessment of competencies, leads to an additional endorsement in Reading when accompanied by a professional education program and a qualifying endorsement in another content area.

Why Consider a P-12 Additional Endorsement in Reading?

The competencies that lead to a reading endorsement on your certificate provide you with the opportunity to further your knowledge and skills for literacy instruction. You will deepen your knowledge of language and literacy learning, while building your capacity for helping all children achieve as readers, writers, and language users. Some teachers with Reading endorsements go on to become school Reading Specialists. Reading Specialists are usually experienced teachers who have successfully taught in mainstream classrooms for several years and have previously earned the Reading endorsement. Many earn a master’s degree or National Board certification in Reading prior to becoming a school or district Reading Specialist.

The Reading endorsement program prepares you to:

  • Obtain the WA state endorsement for Reading.
  • Develop and work with P-12 students and their families.
  • Serve as a resource for other teachers.
 Contact Information

Steph Strachan

 Sample Careers

Reading teacher | Literacy coach | Title I reading | Support teacher

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Application and information on the application process for the P-12 Reading Endorsement is available in MH 300. More information on the program and application requirements is available at wce.wwu.edu/cert/endorsements.

Grade Requirements

All coursework and demonstration of state-required competencies must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better and within a five-year span, based on the application date for the reading endorsement.

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