In partnership with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), a team of researchers, coaches, and teachers at FCRR developed the Reading Foundations and Evidence-Based Instructional Practices Pathway, which includes the following five courses to support educators in earning the Florida Reading Endorsement. The courses, organized into five competencies, are designed to be delivered in-person by FDOE certified trainers in school districts. The Reading Foundations and Evidence-Based Instructional Practices Pathway is comprehensive and intended to be completed in its entirety to successfully earn the Florida Reading Endorsement.
Florida teachers who want to add a reading endorsement to their credentials through this reading endorsement pathway must contact their district's main professional learning contact to find out if their district offers this option.
Click here for more information about all options available for educators to earn the Florida Reading Endorsement.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Reading Endorsement?
The Just Read, Florida! office spearheaded the effort to revise the K-12 Reading Endorsement in 2011 to incorporate new research conducted since the National Reading Panel Report. Dr. Barbara Foorman (director emeritus of the Florida Center for Reading Research), Dr. Timothy Shanahan, and Dr. Janice Dole served as framers and reviewers for this project. These experts delineated the content of new research and provided the framework for a team of writers representing various locations in Florida and populations impacted by the Reading Endorsement (ESE, ELL, higher education, etc.). The writers collaborated to develop the new endorsement, which was approved by the State Board of Education in September 2011. In the fall of 2019, new pathways were identified for educators to obtain the K-12 Reading Endorsement. Click here for more information about the endorsement at the Florida Department of Education.
The Reading Endorsement is a rider on top of a valid Florida teaching certificate to denote additional training in reading instruction. The endorsement is not a certificate and cannot stand alone. Currently, the Reading Endorsement does not require a subject area exam, while Reading Certification requires a subject area exam. Teachers do not require both a reading endorsement and reading certification. However, for some teachers, either the Reading Endorsement or Reading Certification must be added to a teacher’s Florida teaching certificate in order to be compliant with state mandates.
What is the Reading Endorsement Add-on Program?
The Florida Department of Education offers multiple pathways for educators to gain the reading endorsement. Teachers who are currently employed in a Florida school district may add the Reading Endorsement to their certificate through an approved district add-on program. For more information, please contact your district's main professional learning contact.
What is required to get the Reading Endorsement?
The Florida Reading Endorsement Program consists of five courses. The content in the courses is based upon decades of scientifically based research on the development of critical reading and reading-related skills, including oral language, phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and composition. The courses also focus on the application of this research to instruction, assessment, and differentiation for all learners, including students who are multilingual or emerging bilingual and students with disabilities like reading disabilities and dyslexia. The five courses address the following competencies:
- Competency 1 – Foundations of Reading Instruction
- Competency 2 – Application of Research-Based Instructional Practices
- Competency 3 – Foundations of Assessment
- Competency 4 – Foundations and Applications of Differentiated Instruction
- Competency 5 – Demonstrating Accomplishment (culminating practicum)
For whom is the Reading Endorsement required?
In Florida, two state statutes require teachers to be endorsed or certified. Both statutes include Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teachers and English as a Second Language (ESOL) teachers. Both statutes went into effect in 2020.
- State Statute (s.1011.62(9)(c)7.(d)1 F.S.): requires any K-12 teacher who provides intensive reading intervention (e.g., teachers providing Tier 3 instruction in a multi-tiered support systems (MTSS) model as defined by the district’s K-12 Comprehensive Reading Plan) to be reading endorsed or certified.
- State Statute (s. 1008.25(7)(b)3 F.S.): requires that any teacher who is teaching reading to retained third graders, including summer camp students, to be reading endorsed or certified.
In addition, teachers who teach any grade 7-12 state-coded reading course must be reading endorsed or certified.
Teachers who hold an elementary education bachelors degree may be exempt from one or more of the required courses based upon their college coursework.
How do I find out what is required for me?
Teachers should visit the Florida Department of Education website to apply to add on the Reading Endorsement to their Florida teaching certificate. The department will evaluate college transcript(s) and provide a Status of Eligibility letter indicating what courses are required to add on the endorsement.
Can I take the Reading Endorsement courses at FCRR?
No, FCRR does not offer the Reading Endorsement. FCRR developed these courses to support districts in Florida that choose to offer the Reading Endorsement Add-On program for their currently employed teachers. Teachers who are currently employed in a Florida school district and seeking to add the Reading Endorsement to their certificate should contact their district's main professional learning contact for more information. Teachers who are not currently employed in a Florida school district should contact the Florida Department of Education for more information. Teachers who are interested in earning a Reading Endorsement at Florida State University should contact the School of Teacher Education.
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Teachers who are currently employed in a Florida school district and seeking to add the Reading Endorsement to their certificate should contact their district's main professional learning contact for more information. Teachers who are not currently employed in a Florida school district should contact the Florida Department of Education for more information.