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Reading Endorsement

The University System of Georgia Reading Consortium (USGRC) has designed a Reading Endorsement for Georgia's P-12 classroom teachers. The Georgia Reading Endorsement was officially approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission in the Fall 1998.

Campus Availability

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Admissions Information

The University of North Georgia's approach to the Reading Endorsement

The University of North Georgia (UNG) offers a variety of tracks toward obtaining this endorsement.

Completely online courses 

The four graduate courses required for this endorsement include:

  • Summer - LART 6001 Trends and Practices in Reading Education
  • Fall - LART 6002 Assessment in Literacy Instruction
  • Spring- LART 6003 Materials and Reading
  • Summer - LART 6004 Literacy and Diversity

These courses are available at UNG completely online and may be taken for professional learning or graduate (3 semester hours or 5 PLU credits per course). A single Reading endorsement online application is required for professional learning units. If you are or will be a graduate student, you will apply via Graduate Admissions. 
These courses may be applied as electives in some master's degree programs; please check with your advisor about this option before enrolling in the courses.

A one-time purchase of a 'standard edition' membership to LiveText, Inc. is required for the program.  If you've used LiveText with another program or institution, please don't repurchase it.  Contact LiveText (866-548-3839) to have additional years added to your membership or the addition of the 'UNG domain'. This online program is required for all students.

Contact program coordinator for more information concerning this option.

Onsite school/district level program

UNG will coordinate an onsite program or institute for schools or districts with a group of 20 or more participants. These programs may be run throughout a school year or as a summer institute with application of knowledge during the following school year.

Contact program coordinator for more information concerning this option.

Each of the above options must include a field-based experience. Most endorsement level students are employed in P-12 schools, which provides direct contact with schools and students. Reading endorsement participants are expected to apply advanced knowledge and skills in their respective classrooms. Students completing the UNG master's degree program will plan a capstone experience that has direct linkage to school improvement and/or action research in their schools or classrooms.

Financial Aid & Payment Information

Financial aid is not available for PLU credit or non-degree seeking students.  Students must be enrolled in a degree program to receive financial aid.

Tuition for graduate credit can be paid online to the UNG Business Office.

Payment for PLU credit --- Payment ($550 per course) must be made in by May 29th before June courses.  Please make check payable to: Pioneer RESA, and write ‘Reading Endorsement UNG' on the MEMO line.  Mail check to: Attn: Dana Turner, College of Education, University of North Georgia, 82 College Cir, Dahlonega, GA 30597.

All Reading Endorsement courses require a subscription to LiveText. If you do not already have a subscription, you may purchase one online at LiveText ('Standard Edition').   However, if you have a LiveText subscription, you may use it.  But you must contact LiveText (support@livetext.com) and ask them to 'add the University of North Georgia domain to your account”.

 

Program Information

What is the Reading Endorsement?

The University System of Georgia Reading Consortium (USGRC) has designed a Reading Endorsement for Georgia's P-12 classroom teachers. The Georgia Reading Endorsement was officially approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission in the Fall 1998.

The USGRC identified four strands which should be addressed by programs offering an endorsement.
Consortium members also developed two models for delivering the endorsement content:

  • theories of reading and the reading process,
  • linking assessment and instruction, and
  • instructional strategies specific to the content areas of individual classroom teachers.    

The Summer Reading Institute and follow-up classroom implementation, and a distance learning approach utilizing web-based classes.

Program Contact

Dr. Megan Nason, Coordinator

Contact Reginia Boling
108B Dunlap Hall, UNG, Dahlonega
706-864-1600 COEgrads@ung.edu

How do I add the Reading Endorsement to my certificate?

You have to apply for it when you have completed the coursework. Grades and your degree (if applicable) have to be posted by the Registrar before anything can be processed.  INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE READING ENDORSEMENT CERTIFICATION PACKET.

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