2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) 
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2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reading K–12 Endorsement

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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.



The Reading K–12 Endorsement program enables licensed teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills in reading and literacy instruction. Through a graduate-level curriculum, educators examine reading research, theories, and practices and explore how and when to use a variety of literary assessments to diagnose reading difficulties. Educators also gain the ability to design intensive instruction for students with reading challenges and create highly engaging learning environments that promote literacy development in all learners. Coursework encourages the use of a wide range of text structures and genres, including high-quality literary and informational text, digital text, and electronic resources, and assistive technologies based on the needs and interests of students as well as literacy learning goals and objectives.

The Reading K–12 Endorsement program also includes field experience activities, providing ongoing opportunities for educators to apply their new-found knowledge in real-world elementary, middle, and secondary school settings.


MS in Education With a Specialization in Reading and Literacy With a Reading K–12 Endorsement

The MS in Education with a specialization in Reading and Literacy with a Reading K–12 Endorsement enables licensed teachers to build their skills in reading and literacy instruction. Through an exploration of reading research, theories, and practices, educators gain an understanding of how to diagnose reading difficulties through various assessments and plan effective reading instruction for all students, including those who struggle with reading and writing, those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and those who are academically gifted. Field experience opportunities allow participants to apply their knowledge in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.  

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, educator professionals can show their abilities in the following areas:

  1. Literacy Development: Apply reading and writing developmental stages and processes that impact literacy development in order to support student development.
  2. Diverse Literacy Learners: Create a positive and motivational literate environment that contributes to the success of all learners.
  3. Literacy Instructional Strategies: Apply a variety of instructional methods and strategies in order to encourage student skill development.
  4. Literacy Assessment and Planning: Use formal and informal assessment strategies to determine student literacy needs and develop curriculum and instruction to meet those needs.
  5. Literacy Reflective Practice and Professional Growth: Demonstrate the ability to reflect on choices and actions, and seek out opportunities to grow professionally.
  6. Literacy Leadership and Collaboration: Collaborate with teachers, parents, staff, and others to implement literacy-related initiatives and data-driven decision making.

Program Requirements

  • Reading K–12 Endorsement (19 sem. cr.)
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Reading and Literacy with a Reading K–12 Endorsement (31 sem. cr.)



Walden University requires that all participants in its reading K–12 endorsement program review the Candidate Guidebook to help them understand the guidelines and requirements of the program, including transition points, state endorsement, and field experiences.

Participants can access the Candidate Guidebook in their ePortfolio. Participants enrolled in any of the reading K–12 endorsement programs should refer to the Candidate Guidebook for complete information on the programs and the policies and procedures related to them.

Note on Licensure

Walden is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board to offer a program leading to the K–12 reading endorsement. Candidates from Minnesota must pass the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) before Walden can recommend candidates to the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board for the reading endorsement. The Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board is solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing endorsements and candidates are responsible for completing any other Minnesota requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved program.

Individuals interested in a reading endorsement in states other than Minnesota may qualify for the endorsement by virtue of completing a state-approved endorsement program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. In most cases, candidates do not need to qualify for the Minnesota endorsement. This program is designed to meet the requirements of the reading teacher endorsement, and is not approved for endorsement as a reading leader, reading specialist, etc.

Individuals enrolling internationally must be supervised by a teacher with a valid U.S. state teaching license, in a school that follows a U.S.-based curriculum at the appropriate grade level for the endorsement. Prospective students must check that the program is accepted for an endorsement to their current license in the state they are currently licensed in.

Walden enrollment specialists can provide general information on state licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

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