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Reading Endorsement

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, reading interventions for students with reading deficiencies (K-12) will be delivered by teachers who are certified or endorsed in reading. Don't have reading endorsement or certification? Come join a cadre of great teachers dedicated to giving students the gift of reading! Start your reading endorsement coursework!

Register for Reading Endorsement! Click here. (Registration for summer will open in March)

Check here for class times and locations. See future offerings.

E-mail Phyllis McDurmont if you need assistance.

Wondering if you have some college coursework that you could apply to the endorsement?

1. Check here to see what is on your certificate now. Click on the Public Search Link if you don't want to create an account. If you have Reading Endorsement or Reading K-12 Certification (or Reading appears under Subject Areas) for the current validity period--you are good to go. If not, go to step 2.

2. Check here to see if the institution where you earned your degree is on the teacher preparation approved list, click on the pdf and see if your degree included reading, and if you graduated with that degree program/endorsement between the approval dates. (It should say /Reading). You may have all or part of the endorsement with your degree.

3. Check your transcript for courses;  they must meet criteria outlined here. If you believe you have courses that meet the criteria for the endorsement, submit a copy of your transcript to the ELA department and as a courtesy we can look at it to give suggestions of what your next step might be.

4. Lastly, if your institution is not on the list but you feel you have the courses that meet some or all of the Florida Reading Endorsement criteria, you can apply for reading as a subject to be added to your certificate through the FLDOE here. You will receive a letter from FLDOE advising you of next steps. There is a fee associated with this and the response may take a while, however.

Reading Endorsement Competencies (300 hours):

Competency 1: Foundations of Reading Instruction (60 hours)

Competency 2: Application of Research-Based Instructional Practices/Content Area Reading (60 hours)

Competency 3: Foundations of Assessment (60 hours)

Competency 4: Differentiated Instruction (60 hours)

Competency 5: Practicum (60 hours)

Competency 1, 2, 3 and 5 are a blend of face to face meetings and online coursework through The Core. 

Competency 4 is offered through FDLRS. 

Reading Endorsement FAQ's

1.  Will the District provide for me to get my reading endorsement?  

The ECSD  reading department will provide Competency 1, 2, 3 and 5 free of charge* to current employees of  The Escambia County School District (traditional or alternative school) who hold a current, valid Florida teaching certificate in any grades or subject areas. Teachers must have access to The Core. Grades 6-12 teachers currently teaching reading courses and elementary teachers have priority for enrollment. Competency 4 is offered free of charge by FDLRS. 

As of 2018-19 all reading endorsement courses not provided by an approved college of education must be facilitated through the ECSD ELA Department. *A fee may apply for participants who have previously dropped Reading Endorsement courses due to incompletion of course work or lack of attendance. 

2. How much time will it take to complete each course? 

Each competency is valued at 60 in-service points, which means that participation both face to face and online, independent study, and application in your own classroom will take a minimum of 60 hours. 

3. Will coursework from other institutions be accepted for Reading Endorsement? 

Check here to see if the institution where you earned your degree is on the approved list and if you graduated with that degree between the approval dates. If so, submit a copy of your transcript to the ELA department and we will review it. Only courses taken at institutions with approved educator preparation programs will be accepted. 

4.   What about teachers seeking alternative certification? 

The ELA Department provides Competency 2 in a blended/face to face course two-three times per year.  

5.  How many courses do I need to take this year? 

Grades 7-12 Reading Teachers who do not already have endorsement or certification are required to take two courses before the end of this school year. 6th grade teachers with K-6 Elementary certification may teach 6th grade reading only for the 2019-20 year. Beginning with 2020-21, any teacher providing reading intervention to students with substantial reading deficiencies must have reading endorsement or reading certification. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to apply, and complete both courses.  If you do not complete two courses you are ineligible to teach reading the subsequent year.  Competency 1 and 2 are offered in the fall and Competencies 3 and 5 are offered in the spring. Competency 4 is offered through FDLRS 2 times a year. Competencies 1 and 2 will be offered in June, 2019.

6.  Will I need to contact the Reading Department to inform them I have completed my course? 

As of 2018-19 all reading endorsement courses must be facilitated through the ECSD ELA Department. Registration in Performance Matters is required. You must notify the ELA department when you complete courses offered through FDLRS (Comp 4).

7.  What if I need to register for practicum Course 5? 

This course is only for those who have completed Competencies 1-4 AND preference will be given to those who currently teach reading to students in grades 6-12.   Our office will register all qualified teachers into the Performance Matters system. 

8.  What happens if I have to drop the course? 

You are not “officially” in the course until you have made your first assignment submission. If you drop a course (or are dropped due to lack of attendance or late assignment submissions) you may have to pay to take that course if you enroll again.  You will not have to pay for any subsequent courses unless they are also dropped.

9.  How do I get the Endorsement added to my certificate? 

Keep copies of all of your certificates (from Schultz, Beacon, and ECSD) as back up. Contact Phyllis McDurmont, ELA Admin. Clerk, to be sure you have all courses in Performance Matters/TalentEd. Go here to apply online through the FLDOE.  Dawn Ramirez in Certification will verify completion when the State of Florida notifies her of your application. 

10.  When are teachers in the NGCAR program eligible to be scheduled as a reading teacher for students within their content area classes?

Anyone who has completed competency 2/NGCAR and the NGCAR practicum is eligible to provide literacy support in their content area classes for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. Beginning in 2020-21, any teacher providing reading intervention must be reading endorsed or reading certified.

For more information, please contact

Phyllis McDurmont, Administrative Clerk