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Reading Instruction Endorsement & Minor 

The reading instruction endorsement from Whitworth equips primary and secondary education teachers to diagnose reading problems, provide targeted intervention and teach reading as a set of skills. Instruction in this program will give you the skills to pinpoint the nature of reading problems, develop flexible tools and strategies for supporting student growth in literacy, and ultimately help students succeed. 

Why pursue the reading instruction endorsement at Whitworth?

  • Benefit from hands-on experience. You'll serve as a student teacher and complete a literacy field experience in a Title I classroom.
  • Learn from professionals in the field. Several electives in the reading instruction program are taught by practicing teachers and incorporate current, real-world models into instruction.
  • Network with other reading instruction professionals though membership in the Inland Northwest Reading Council, workshops and conferences, and literacy fieldwork.
  • Develop a strong community. The program is cohort-based, so you'll develop close relationships with your cohort members.
  • Integrate your faith and learning as you learn to embrace, celebrate and develop each child's God-given strengths. You'll be challenged to consider how your faith or worldview informs your view on learning and physical disabilities, as well as the nature of human potential.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our reading instruction grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Education majors with a reading instruction endorsement are prepared to be compassionate leaders and effective teachers in the K-12 classroom. Whitworth reading instruction grads have gone on to work as reading interventionists, reading coaches and Title I school teachers.

Recent job placements include:

  • Claire Hannan, special education teacher, Explorer Middle School
  • Ashley Ayala, elementary school teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Lauren Frey, reading specialist, Central Valley School District
  • Amy (Watts) White, reading specialist, Central Kitsap School District
  • Taylor McIlraith, ELD teacher, Spokane Public Schools
  • Zanovia Clark, second grade and dual-language program teacher, Mount View Elementary School

Ask our faculty

Ask Lisa

Professor Lisa Laurier teaches elementary education and literacy. She is also chair of the teacher education department and oversees the reading instruction program.

Ask Sharon

Visiting Instructor Sharon Naccarato specializes in elementary education language arts methods.

Ask Randy

Interim Dean Randy Michaelis specializes in teacher education assessment.

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