Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12)

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Graduate Certificate in Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12) at the University of Louisville Online

The teaching endorsements are programs designed to broaden the expertise and knowledge base of Kentucky educators at various levels, while adding valuable credentials through certifications to a Kentucky teaching license.

The Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12) 15 credit hours program is offered 100% online and may be completed as part of the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (30 credit hours), the Master of Education in Literacy (36 credit hours) or the Rank I program (30 credit hour program for Kentucky teachers only).

The online courses are asynchronous (anytime, anywhere) sessions with a synchronous requirement (predetermined times of day – students have the option to choose a preferred time). This learning method is proved to be most effective and it is designed to accommodate various learning styles and work/teaching schedules. Online students also retain the flexibility of attending courses on-campus.

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Program Benefits

This endorsement prepares students to be better teachers of reading and writing in their own classrooms and to broaden their understanding of working with P-12 students of varying abilities. The program also strives to help teachers understand the diverse populations and communities they work in and how to create intellectually challenging learning spaces for all students.

Teachers often seek out this teaching endorsement program because of the wide array of challenges they face in the classroom, particularly in helping children within a large spectrum of skills and challenges in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This program expands the definition of literacy and prepares you to create learning opportunities in your classroom that can empower every student to tackle and overcome the challenges of literacy in the 21st century.


This endorsement is ideal for current teachers or those who have completed student teaching and are seeking a full-time teaching job. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a valid initial teacher certification to be eligible for enrollment in the Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12).

In order to add the P-12 Classroom Reading Endorsement to your teaching license, you have to pass a Praxis test. To select the correct Praxis test for Kentucky, access the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) Praxis Test website:

To view Praxis Test requirements for other states, visit:

Career Opportunities

Teachers who are interested in expanding the reach of their knowledge and taking on different roles within their institution or district, will gain superior marketability in the field with the CRE (P-12) endorsement.

Some of the career benefits and opportunities that arise from completing the online Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12) include:

  • Leadership roles and assignments
  • Career change or transitioning to training and learning
  • Advancement in current teaching field
  • Increased pay within current school district
  • Meeting current or future licensing, credential or certification requirements
  • Professional development, interest or enrichment

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