I'm interested in these programs and courses. How do I get started?
After learning as much as you can from this website, choose a "home" university and contact one of the following for any remaining academic questions:
I just want to take 1 or 2 courses. I already have my master's degree and I'm not interested in a reading endorsement. How do I apply to take courses only?
In most cases, you can simply register for the course or module you are interested in without being admitted to the graduate school or a program. Use the application chart to link to the proper office, or check with your university to be sure.
I live 85 miles from the nearest campus. I can travel to classes during the summer when school is out, but not during the year when I'm teaching. Can I "mix and match" ReadOregon courses and campus-based courses?
Yes, you can complete the Reading Specialist Program or the Literacy Education Course of Study through "mixing and matching" campus-based and ReadOregon courses/modules. However, it is essential that your program of study be approved by the authorized reading faculty at your home institution.
If I take courses from two or three different universities, will they all "count" at my own university?
The two ReadOregon programs have been planned and developed by a consortium of five public universities offering teacher education programs. Each home university has agreed to count ReadOregon courses the same as its own, so that students will have the convenience of flexible delivery formats and more frequent course offerings within the ReadOregon programs. Teachers wishing to use ReadOregon courses for a master's degree should contact an academic advisor at their university about regulations.
Will modules or courses I take now count toward the reading endorsement program later?
The reading endorsement program is made up of courses in 5 core areas, a school-based practicum, and 6 credit hours of reading/literacy electives, which could be a combination of courses and modules. Also, core course requirements in the Literacy Education Course of Study are also core course requirements in the Reading Specialist program, so this program can be used as a "stepping stone" to becoming a reading specialist.
I'd like to get my Master's degree. May I use ReadOregon courses in my program?
Check with your university about requirements for master's degrees they offer to see which ReadOregon courses will satisfy those requirements.
I have a number of questions about how I might use ReadOregon courses/modules for professional development or possibly getting a reading endorsement. Who should I talk to?
Reading/literacy faculty at your "home" institution are your best source for academic advice. Check the ReadOregon Home Institution page to identify a home institution if you do not have one.
Are ReadOregon courses/modules accredited?
All Oregon University System programs and courses are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the reading endorsement is approved by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. In addition, the ReadOregon programs are aligned with standards for reading professionals developed by the International Reading Association.
Am I going to be able to do the practicum for the Reading Endorsement in my own school? Who will supervise my practicum?
Practicum assignments in the ReadOregon Reading Endorsement Program are designed to be school-based so that you will be able to work directly with students and faculty in your school. Your ReadOregon advisor may ask you to design schoolwide or other class interventions in order to practice the many roles of a reading specialist. Your principal or a district reading specialist may be asked to verify the work that you do.
I realize that professors know reading theory, but I know my students and their struggles. I need practical ideas that will work in my classroom. Will I get that with the ReadOregon courses?
Each course in the Reading Endorsement program and the Literacy Education Course of Study focuses on application in the classroom and in school literacy programs, in addition to aligning with state and national reading/literacy standards. Course assignments incorporate classroom application, with the expectation that teachers will try out what they are learning in their own classrooms and share results with colleagues, fellow students, and faculty.
I've never taken a distance-delivered course before and I wonder if I will learn as much as I would in a traditional face-to-face course.
ReadOregon faculty have developed courses to provide students with equivalent learning outcomes to traditional courses. Furthermore, hundreds of research articles have shown that there is no significant difference in learning between traditional and distance courses.