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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.

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

E-mail Phyllis McDurmont if you need assistance.

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 and 5 are a blend of face to face meetings and online coursework through The Core. 

Competency 4 is offered through FDLRS. 

Competency 3 is offered through Beacon Education for current reading and ELA teachers. To register, contact Phyllis McDurmont.

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, 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. Grades 6-12 teachers currently teaching reading courses and elementary teachers have priority for enrollment. Competency 4 is offered free of charge by FDLRS. Competency 3 through BEACON EDUCATION is provided to current ECSD elementary and secondary reading and ELA teachers. (For Fall 2019, Comp 3 will be offered face to face and on The CORE, not through BEACON)

Coursework taken through other institutions including online courses (with the exception of Competency 3) are not eligible for fees paid through the ELA Department. A fee may apply for participants who have dropped Reading Endorsement courses due to incompletion of course work or lack of attendance. 

2.   What about teachers seeking alternative certification?  The ELA Department provides Competency 2 in a blended/face to face course two-three times per year.  

3.  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. 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.

5.  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).

6.  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. 

7What 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 must pay to take that course if you enroll again .  You will not have to pay for any subsequent courses unless they are also dropped.

8.  How do I get the Endorsement added to my certificate?  Keep copies of all of your certificates, those from Schultz, Beacon, and the District; you will need to submit this information to the Certification Office.  Contact Dawn Ramirez for additional details about other items you will need to add Reading Endorsement to your State of Florida teaching certificate.

9.  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.

10. Will coursework from other institutions be accepted for Reading Endorsement? Official transcripts can be provided to see if coursework at accredited institutions of higher education meet the requirements of the approved Florida Reading Endorsement program. Please contact the ECSD ELA Department to inquire about previous coursework before December 20th, 2018 so that you don't miss out on opportunities to take the courses we provide free of charge.

11. 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. 

For more information, please contact

Phyllis McDurmont, Administrative Clerk