​​​​​​​​​Reading Endorsement​

A State of Ohio Reading Endorsement is for any and all teachers who are looking to go beyond the reading strategies every new teacher has to learn. The University of Findlay offers courses that will increase your pedagogical knowledge in research, assessment and special needs and allow you to explore any facet of reading education that holds your interest. 


University of Findlay's Reading Endorsement is:

  • Offered completely online
  • Can be completed in two semesters
  • Fulfills the Ohio Department of ​Education Reading Endorsement requirements 


Findlay's Reading Endorsement program consists of 5 courses:

All courses meet state and federal mandates.

​​​ Literacy with Special Needs Population (EDFI 535)

Reading strategies should be adaptable to fit the needs of any student, but often times students with mild to moderate disabilities require a more unique approach. Explore reading style techniques, selecting developmentally appropriate reading materials for inclusion settings and assessments specific to special education for use with your student with special needs. 


Research in Reading (EDFI 543)

Data-driven decision making is finally having its day in education.  Help your school stay up to date on current issues in the teaching of reading through investigating relevant research in areas such as the reading process, reading development, assessments, programs and professional development. We will utilize The International Reading Association Standards of the Preparation of Reading Professionals to organize and interpret research. 

Literacy Assessment, Curriculum Alignment and Data Analysis (EDFI  650)

While classroom time is valuable, applying what you've learned in a real word setting is the best kind of learning. In this class, you will work with a district level literacy specialist to examine the process of short cycle assessment, progress monitoring, data analysis and curriculum alignment at the building and district level. You will also attend grade-level meetings at which teachers analyze their literacy assessment data and learn how to enter assessment data into one of the technology systems used in Ohio. This course counts as 33 clock hours in one of three grade bands required for the Ohio State Reading Endorsement.


Internship: Reading Endorsement (EDFI 655)
This course helps students acquire the remaining 67 hours required by the Ohio Department of 

Education for a Reading Endorsement.  Fieldwork includes administering and interpreting assessment results, planning and implementing instruction based on assessment results and meeting with parents and teachers. 


Topics in Reading Education (EDFI  665)

You made the choice to pursue an endorsement, we are going to give you the choice of what you want to learn. We will help you identify a topic you are truly passionate about and provide the opportunity for an in-depth study. Our teachers are versed in a variety of topics related to teaching reading and writing and can help you grow in your chosen area.