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.

License Requirements

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.

Required Courses

Credit Hours
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 or (812) 941-2367 for details.

**Some of these courses may require permission to enroll, indicated by "PERM" in the Schedule of Classes. Contact 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.

Admission Process

The Reading Teacher License Program features a rolling application process.

  1. Download the appropriate check sheet from the Resources section at the bottom of this page.
  2. Watch the appropriate screen cast at the bottom of this page.
  3. Complete the online application. You will asked to submit a copy of your current teaching license or statement of eligibility.
  4. Submit to our Records Specialist official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions outside of an Indiana University campus. A 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework or 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 Jacque Singleton

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Dr. Jacquelyn J. Singleton

Associate Professor, Elementary Education
Graduate Reading Program Coordinator

Hillside Hall 26
Phone: (812) 989-0923

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Screen Casts

Applicants must watch the appropriate screen cast prior to admission.

Master's Degrees
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.)

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!

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