Endorsement in Reading Education

If you are certified to teach in Georgia, our reading endorsement may be added to your teaching certificate. Offered through the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the University of Georgia's online Endorsement in Reading Education program provides certified classroom teachers with focused immersion in the teaching of reading. Georgia teachers from pre-K to grade 12 obtaining degrees with a focus or major other than Reading Education will benefit from this three-course sequence designed to enhance literacy instruction and practice. The endorsement program is only valid for Georgia educators who have or will have a professional certificate at the bachelor’s or higher certification level in any teaching field.

It is possible to add a Reading Endorsement to any teaching certificate in Georgia. The Language and Literacy Education Department has been approved by the State Professional Standards Commission to offer the Endorsement.

To qualify for a reading endorsement to be added to your initial teaching certificate:

  • Successfully complete one of the following introductory courses in reading instruction and assessment: List of acceptable courses.
  • Successfully complete a three-course series specific to initial certification grade band levels (P-5, 4-8, 6-12, K-12)
  • Successfully complete a reading endorsement portfolio via Folioteck
  • Apply for the reading endorsement to be added onto your teaching certificate through UGA College of Education's Office of Student Services upon successful completion of the program. Read the Endorsement Program Completion and Certification Checklist for more information.

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Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.

Endorsement in Reading Education Program Cost

Tuition & Fees

In-State Tuition $363 per credit hour 9 credit hours $3,267 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 2 semesters $1,194 USD
Total Program Cost     $4,461 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current tuition and fees are available on the Office of the Registrar website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester. Tuition and fees for endorsement only programs follow the standard UGA tuition and fees. 

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees. Potential additional costs include textbooks and software.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Endorsement:  9 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  N/A
All courses for the Reading Endorsement must have been completed after July 1, 2000 when the endorsement went into effect.

Endorsement in Reading Education Admission Requirements

Students who are interested in obtaining the Endorsement in Reading Education must be admitted to the Graduate School of the University of Georgia.  Prospective students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another department, or may apply to the graduate school for non-degree status.

Non-Degree Program Application Checklist

Students applying to the graduate school for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation.

  • Application – Submit to the Graduate School online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International
  • Statement of Intent – Send to the department. A statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate their intent for the online Reading Endorsement program in their statement.
  • Résumé or curriculum vita – Send to the department.
  • Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 1

International Applicants

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: February 15

Endorsement in Reading Education Program Curriculum

Program Structure

Students in this fully online endorsement program will take a minimum of 9 credit hours.

Course Sequence

  Any Semester  

For students with P-5 initial certification

  • LLED 6420E Literacy Development and Instruction in Early Childhood
  • LLED 6060E Content Area Literacy
  • LLED 6020E Children With Reading Problems - A practicum experience in reading assessment and instruction at the UGA Reading Clinic

For students with 4-8 or 6-12 initial certification

  • LLED 7910E New Literacies
  • LLED 6060E Content Area Literacy
  • LLED 6020E Children With Reading Problems - A practicum experience in reading assessment and instruction at the UGA Reading Clinic

For students with K-12 initial certification

  • LLED 6060E Content Area Literacy
  • LLED 6020E Children With Reading Problems - A practicum experience in reading assessment and instruction at the UGA Reading Clinic
  • Either LLED 6420E Literacy Development and Instruction in Early Childhood OR LLED 7910E New Literacies

Contact Information

Contact the online Reading Education Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7938