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Expand Your Teaching Options With A Graduate Endorsement

Earning the K-8 State Reading Specialist Endorsement from Northern Arizona University provides the additional qualifications to become a reading specialist and opens doors to new career opportunities. If you hold a valid Arizona teaching certificate and have at least three years of teaching experience, this endorsement is right for you.

You can complete your Reading Specialist Endorsement online or at one of 19 NAU campuses across Arizona.

Supplement With A Master’s Degree

Through NAU, you can supplement the Reading Specialist Endorsement by pursuing a master’s degree in Elementary Education. This way, you earn an accredited master’s degree in education with the additional endorsement to teach reading to grades K through eight.

Expand your opportunities as an elementary or middle school teacher.

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Reading Specialist Endorsement

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
24 units
Maximum Transfer Units

University Requirements

  • After you have completed the appropriate courses, you can obtain the endorsement by applying directly to the Arizona Department of Education. Please be aware that to receive an endorsement, you must also be certified to teach elementary, secondary, or special education; the endorsement alone does not certify you to teach in Arizona. Please note that all endorsements are granted through the Arizona Department of Education.

    Visit the Arizona Department of Education page for Educator Certification for more information and access to the applications for endorsements:


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 24
Arizona Certification/Endorsement Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.



    For the K-8 State Endorsement, you must have:

    • A valid Arizona Teaching Certificate in Elementary, Early Childhood, or Special Education
    • Three years of classroom experience

    Graduate reading courses (24 units)

    Foundations:Leadership:Assessment Systems:Instruction:Content:Electives:Practicum:
    You may take reading endorsement courses as part of a Master's degree program. You may also take them independently.

    You must take these courses in a designated sequence.  

    Courses applied toward the Reading Endorsement must be in addition to those used to fulfill the requirements of the initial provisional or standard teaching certificate.


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