Reading Teacher License
Are you ready to advance in your career by adding a certification in reading? Our Reading Teacher license gives teachers the specialized skills to expand their expertise and succeed in the classroom or as a reading coach.
The program requires 24 credit hours and may be part of the M.S.Ed. program. The Reading Teacher program can also be a part of the Rank I/+30 requirements. See the "Resources" section to review checksheets for specific course requirements. All applicants must hold a valid elementary, junior high/middle school, or secondary license.
A two-year gap in coursework will require a new application for re-admission into any graduate program, as well as a mandatory meeting with a program advisor. The re-admitted candidate must then comply with any new program requirements, if any.
|Dept./Course #||Title||Credit Hours|
|EDUC-K 590||Topics in Special Education: RTI||1|
|EDUC-L 520||Advanced Methods of Second/Foreign Language Teaching (ENL)||3*|
|EDUC-L 545/E 545||Advanced Study in the Teaching of Reading in Elementary School||3*|
|EDUC-S 514||Advanced Study in the Teaching of Reading in Jr. High/Secondary Schools||3|
|EDUC-W 505||Professional Development Workshop: Technology as a Teaching Tool||1|
|EDUC-X 504||Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties*||3|
|EDUC-X 525||Practicum: Impacting Student Learning||1*|
|EDUC-X 525||Capstone Practicum in Reading||3|
|Chose either EDUC-E 549 or EDUC-S 516|
|EDUC-E 549||Advanced Study in the Teaching of Language Arts in the Elementary School||3|
|EDUC-S 516||Advanced Study in the Teaching of English Language Arts in the Jr. High and Secondary School||3|
One of the following
- EDUC-W505 Professional Development Workshop in Literacy (as noted in the course schedule)
- EDUC-W 553 Gifted and Talented or other approved Gifted and Talented course
- Approved Graduate level writing course (See coordinator/advisor for approval)
- EDUC-L559 or L535: Children’s Literature/Adolescent Literature (if neither one has been taken as an undergraduate)
- Graduate level computer course
- Approved Graduate level ENL/ESL course (other than L520)
- Other approved literacy-related course (See coordinator/advisor for approval)
(Credits from Reading Recovery, Indiana/Kentucky Writing Project, Bellarmine Reading Project, etc. fit this category. You must have a transcript showing graduate credit hours from an accredited institution. If you have these specific credits showing on your graduate transcript, there is no need to file a petition. If asking for approval for other classes, file a petition form with documentation of course description, course curricula, and transcript. Submit to S. Ridout.)
*Several of the literacy courses have assessment assignments/writing requirements for the program embedded in the course syllabi. Therefore, if petitioning to get credit for a course with an embedded assessment requirement, the student must submit the assessment piece(s) to meet the license program requirements. This holds true for transfer credits, as well. Courses that possess an assessment assignment/writing requirement are noted above with an asterisk*. Contact Dr. Susan Ridout at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 941-2367 for details.
**Some of these courses may require permission to enroll, indicated by "PERM" in the Schedule of Classes. Contact email@example.com for permission. Always provide your student ID # with any request.
***No more than 6 graduate credit hours may be transferred from another institution to fulfill the above requirements. The Graduate Advisor or the Reading Coordinator will determine if the course(s) will qualify for this licensure program.
Upgrade to a master's degree
You can choose to add your reading teacher license to your M.S.Ed. degree, and/or you can add/take those courses while you are pursuing your M.S.Ed. degree.
A two-year gap in coursework will require a new application for re-admission into any graduate program, and a mandatory meeting with a program advisor. The re-admitted candidate must then comply with any new program requirements, if any.
The Reading Teacher License Program features a rolling application process.
- Download the appropriate check sheet regarding the Reading Program.
- Watch the appropriate Screen Cast related to the Reading Program (at bottom of this page).
- Complete the online application. A $40 application fee is assessed when applying to the program; if you are currently attending or have attended IU in the past, please indicate so on the application--the fee will be waived. To determine if fee is to be waived, please contact our Records Specialist at (812) 941-2388.
- On the "Uploads" tab, submit a brief statement that includes teaching experience, why you are interested in the Reading concentration or the Reading License Program, and address the SOE Dispositions.
- Also on the "Uploads" tab, submit a copy of your current teaching license or statement of eligibility. (An emergency permit/license is not acceptable.)
- Send by mail (or drop off) to our Records Specialist official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than any IU school. A 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework is required; if no graduate work, a 2.5 GPA for undergraduate coursework is required.
Please send all completed materials to:
IU Southeast School of Education
Hillside Hall 108A
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150
Graduate Admission Application Deadlines
- Summer Session 1: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
- Summer Session 2: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
- Fall: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
- Spring: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
For individual advising for the Reading license, please contact Dr. Lisa Hoffman.
- Master's Degree, Elementary with Reading Concentration Checksheet
- Master’s Degree, Secondary with Reading Concentration Checksheet
- Reading License Program Checksheet
Applicants must watch the appropriate screen cast prior to admission.
- Master's Degree, Elementary with Reading Concentration
- Master’s Degree, Secondary with Reading Concentration
Graduate Reading License Program
Important NEW Information for Rank (Kentucky) or Plus 30 (Indiana) Changes to the License.
The MS degrees from IU Southeast were formerly 36 hours (as noted in the screencast for the Reading License Program), but most are now 30. Students should pay close attention to the hours needed to gain the Rank Change for Kentucky. If you recently graduated with a 30-hour Master of Education degree, Kentucky teachers will now need 30 additional hours to reach Rank 1. Indiana teachers still need 30 additional hours for the Plus 30. (After the 24-hour license program courses, the Coordinator of Reading and/or the License Advisor will help determine additional courses, if needed.)
Susan Ridout, Coordinator of the Graduate Reading Program, retired as of December 31, 2020. Please contact Jennifer O’Brien, Interim Coordinator of Reading, and/or D’Andrea Williams, License Advisor, for advising regarding the Reading License Program.
See the online application for more information. Contact our Records Specialist, Tracy Stracener with questions regarding applications. The application process has been streamlined, so you no longer need a letter of recommendation.
We hope to see you at IU Southeast pursuing further work in literacy!