The Department of Middle and Secondary Education and the Department of Learning Sciences offer graduate courses in literacy which apply to Georgia’s Reading Endorsement for classroom teachers. These courses focus on three areas (a) understanding readers and the reading process, (b) linking assessment and instruction, and (c) using instructional strategies in specific content areas. All students who wish to obtain a reading endorsement must attend a MSE orientation session and complete an exit requirement of a portfolio. The portfolio will be aligned with the PSC requirements and will require the demonstration of the ability to teach reading at the applicable levels of the base certificate.
The Reading Endorsement Program presupposes certification at least at the bachelor’s level. Successful completion of three of the following courses qualifies a person for the bachelor’s, master’s, or specialist level endorsement, depending on the current level of certification. This endorsement qualifies an individual to be considered ‘in field’ in reading at the level of the base certificate. Teachers pursuing the reading endorsement may be enrolled as nondegree students or may be enrolled in specific programs.
Strand 1: Understanding Readers and the Reading Process