Endorsement, Reading Teacher

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Endorsement

Classroom Type: Fully Online Online and on campus classes

Prepares individuals to meet the requirements of the revised Colorado READ Act. The program enhances literacy instruction skills and credentials while providing advanced knowledge and evidence-based training to work with diverse student populations on developing their reading, writing, and oral language skills.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling Admission

Program Details

Interest Categories: Communication & Writing Education & Counseling Humanities & Languages

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn

Effective reading teachers are essential to all students’ literacy development. University of Colorado Denver’s reading teacher endorsement program is designed to meet the requirements of the revised Colorado READ Act and will enhance your literacy instruction skills and credentials. We provide you with advanced knowledge and deep preparation to work with diverse student populations as they develop reading, writing and oral language skills. Today’s teachers need to understand the science of literacy development for all learners including those who are multilingual, those with challenges and disabilities, and those who are gifted and talented. Our program prepares you to support all children in inclusive classrooms and in diverse settings.

In this program you will gain knowledge in:

  • Reading development
  • Literacy assessment and data informed instruction
  • Oral literacy
  • Writing development
  • Children and adolescent literature

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a reading teacher. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value equal opportunities in education. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is ranked among the top 50 “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” according to U.S. News & World Report.

Sample Courses

  • LCRT 5810 - Oral & Written Language & Literacy 3 credits
  • LCRT 5020 - Reading Development, Instruction and Assessment 3 credits
  • LCRT 5055 - Literacy Assessment & Informed Instruction 3 credits
  • LCRT 5720 - Writing Development, Instruction and Assessment 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:1 to 2 years

Required Credits for Completion:24

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

We practice "rolling admission" and after your application is complete, we strive to notify you of your admission status in no more than two to three weeks.

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Information

Recommendations for endorsements are made by the Literacy Education Program, but endorsement is granted by the State of Colorado. Individual state requirements vary and may include teaching experience and examinations in addition to a valid teaching credential. Students should consult with the Colorado Department of Education or another state in which they wish to be endorsed for the most updated endorsement requirements.

Please note that the Colorado Department of Education requires two years of post-license teaching experience to apply for the Reading teacher endorsement.