The Reading (Endorsement) program provides candidates who already hold an initial licensure with an in-depth knowledge of the theories and practices necessary for the improvement of reading instruction. Program completion qualifies the candidate for Vermont endorsement as a Reading/English/Language Arts Specialist.

Requirements for Education in Reading (Endorsement)


General Education Core

GED500 Educational Research3The student is exposed to contemporary practices in educational research. Topics investigated include: research design, data analysis and interpretation, and literature review. Designs for researching problems and issues in public schools are emphasized through use of the Action Research model. Prerequisite: 21 graduate credits or by permission of the Division Chairperson.
GED502 Law and Education of Children3The operation of public elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning as they are affected by the Constitution, acts of Congress, state statutes and regulations and the common law. Areas of consideration will include state control of education, church-state matters, tort liability, teacher and student rights, collective bargaining, desegregation, and the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Area of Concentration

GRE507 Children’s Literature and Language Arts3This course presents a survey of children's literature, including but not limited to poetry, picture books, traditional tales, fantasy, fiction, biography and informational text. Language arts areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are integrated with the literature. Emphasis will be placed on the role of literature in robust reading instruction, content area integration, reader-response theory, and how technology and 21st century skills support and encourage students' access to literature experiences. Fall course offered every two years.
GRE511 Emergent Literacy3This course will examine the development of literacy skills, including language development, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, in early childhood from birth through grade 2. Emphasis will be on current theories, teaching methods, and assessment tools.
GRE513 Reading Assessment, Analysis & Intervention3This course will introduce students to a variety of formal and informal reading assessments for use in the elementary and secondary schools to identify the strengths and needs of students in the area of reading. Students will be trained in administering, interpreting and analyzing data of a qualitative assessment so that they can design effective teaching programs to meet the needs of all students.
GRE514 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3This course will provide teachers with methods of instruction to support student reading and writing at grade levels 6-12. The reading component of the course will focus on strategies for increasing comprehension, expanding word identification and vocabulary as well as the effective use of informational sources, technology and information literary. The use of writing to learn, the writing process, the assessment of writing and the modifications to accommodate the learning needs of all students will be addressed. (Students taking GRE514 may not take GSE514 for credit.)
GRE515 Advanced Seminar in Reading3This course addresses contemporary issues relating to literacy, instruction and ELL. Individual research on specific topics of choice will also be required. Prerequisite: At least nine credits of reading courses. Spring course offered as needed.
GRE516 Reading and Writing Workshop3Students will participate in a reading/writing workshop format where they will examine current theories and practice to understand the relationship between reading and writing. Students will process much of their learning through creative and reflective writing. They will also examine the writing process on the basis of technical and stylistic expectations. Fall course offered as needed.
GRE518 Word Study3This course will provide for intensive study of current theories and practice in word recognition and spelling. Students will administer a spelling inventory, analyze the inventory and design appropriate, individualized learning activities for school-age children.
Education Elective3


GRE517 Reading Clinic - Practicum6The purpose of the supervised practicum is to provide the student with field experience to develop the competencies related to the endorsement licensure in reading education. Students are required to spend 60 hours in the field, 30 hours at the elementary level and 30 hours at the secondary level. Students are required to create and/or participate in activities to demonstrate his or her mastery of the licensure competencies. Students work on a practicum and a program portfolio. Grade of “B” or better is required. $200 Program Portfolio fee.