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Reading Education Endorsement and Certificate

As an endorsement, this program is recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). As of Fall 2024, it is also a UGA certificate program. Therefore, completion of the program will be noted on the GaPSC certificate and on the UGA transcript.

Students who take these graduate-level reading endorsement courses are either not seeking a degree or are enrolled in another degree program and choose to infuse these courses into their program (in consultation with their advisor). Reading endorsement courses are offered both online and in-person.

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

  • Successfully pass an introductory course in reading instruction and assessment.
  • Complete an application for admission. Beginning in January 2017, applications must be submitted and approved at least one semester prior to course enrollment.
  • Successfully complete a three-course series specific to initial certification grade band levels (P-5, 4-8, 6-12, P-12).
  • Will complete artifact assignment for each course and submit to Xitracs in eLC.
  • Refer to the endorsement program completion and certification checklist (PDF) for details about the endorsement program process.


  1. Earn a reading endorsement on your Georgia teaching certificate
  2. Complete the course series on its own or as part of a degree
  3. Take classes on campus or online
  4. Get hands-on experience through the university’s Reading Clinic


The reading endorsement courses focus on literacy development and instruction in early childhood, content-area literacies, and new and digital literacies. These courses also offer opportunities to work with youth who experience difficulties in reading.

All endorsement courses are now offered online, with some also offered on the Athens campus.

Some courses may be easily incorporated into other degree/certification programs in education. You must consult with your advisor or program coordinator to determine if some, if not all, of the reading endorsement courses can be embedded into your program of study (PDF) .

Effective in the Fall 2015 semester, our reading endorsement program has changed.

As of Fall 2015, you must follow the new program of study, which includes three required courses focused on P-5, 4-8, or 6-12 levels.

For students with P-5 initial certification, the courses are:

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

For students with 6-12 initial certification, the three courses are:

  • LLED 6060: Content-Area Literacies
  • LLED 7910: New Literacies
  • LLED 6020: A practicum experience in reading assessment and instruction at the UGA Reading Clinic

For students with a 4-8 or P-12 initial certification, the three courses are:

  • LLED 6060: Content-Area Literacies
  • LLED 6020: A practicum experience in reading assessment and instruction at the UGA Reading Clinic
  • Either LLED 6420: Early Childhood Literacy Development and Instruction or LLED 7910: New Literacies (choose one)

Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program.

How to Apply

All applicants must complete the College’s internal endorsement application form in addition to any other applications required by the endorsement program or UGA Graduate School.

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All students must have successfully completed (grade B- or higher) an introductory reading instruction and assessment course prior to applying to or beginning this program. Acceptable pre-requisite courses include:

  • LLED 3425: Reading Instruction and Assessment, PreK-5
  • LLED 3420: Reading Instruction in the Elementary School
  • LLED 3430: Reading Assessment in the Elementary School
  • LLED 3520: Teaching Reading in the Middle School
  • LLED 3530: Content Area Literacies Content Area Literacies for Middle School
  • LLED 4010: The Teaching of Reading
  • LLED 6010: Survey of Reading Instruction PreK through Grade 12
  • LLED 6030: Teaching Reading in the Secondary School
  • LLED 6070: Middle School Reading
  • An equivalent course from another accredited institution

The three required courses for the reading endorsement must have been completed at UGA within five years of application. We do not accept transfer credits for the three required reading endorsement courses.

Application Process for Current UGA Students

  1. Complete the application for admission . It can take up to one month for your application to be reviewed and processed.
  2. If you have not received an email about your application within a month, please contact the program coordinator .

Application Process for Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

  1. Apply through the Graduate School. The non-degree code for reading education is 701N.
  2. When completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents:
  • Current resume/CV that includes your Georgia teacher certificate number
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  1. Upon being admitted to the program, please complete a brief, internal endorsement application form .

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Deadline to Apply

  • November 1 (Spring)
  • April 1 (Summer and Fall)

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Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

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A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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