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Online Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12)

The classroom reading endorsement (P-12) online program is designed for certified Kentucky teachers who want to boost their specialized expertise or credentials and work toward a master’s degree or Rank I.

Offered by the College of Education at the University of Louisville, the classroom reading endorsement focuses on effective reading and writing instruction, and better understanding of working with P-12 students of varying abilities. By delivering an enriched approach to literacy, this program prepares you to create learning opportunities in your classroom that empower students to tackle and overcome the challenges of reading and writing in our modern society.

How Much Will I Pay?

Tuition & Aid    

Students enrolled solely in the non-degree endorsement program are not eligible for federal aid. Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice.


  • Develop a deepened understanding of the diverse student population and community needs related to reading and writing.
  • Learn to create intellectually challenging learning spaces for all students.
  • Earn your endorsement as part of the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, Master of Education in Literacy or the Rank I program.
  • Complete your endorsement within 1 year.
  • Add your earned CRE endorsement to your Kentucky teaching certification.


* Check state authorizations for requirements in your state


Complete this endorsement on your own time with fully online classes.

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Take only 5 courses over 3 semesters to earn your endorsement!

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Earn your endorsement in less than a year with year-round classes!

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Teachers often seek out this teaching endorsement because it helps them better address the wide array of challenges they face in the classroom, particularly in helping children on a wide spectrum of skills and challenges in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Additionally, 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 opportunities that arise from completing the online Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12) include:

  • Leadership roles and assignments
  • Career change/transition 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

Preferred Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Completed graduate application – select the Master of Education degree or Rank I program*
  2. Submit signed code of ethics/technology statement, uploaded within the online application
  3. Submit $65 non-refundable application fee
  4. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  5. Check for Scholarships


*Should you encounter any issues while completing the application form, please contact Betty Hampton, Director of Graduate Student Services, at 502.852.0411 or betty.hampton@louisville.edu.

Please have transcripts sent directly to:
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Interested in pursuing a master's degree in Teacher Leadership?

Make sure to review the master’s program specific requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited institution*
  • Valid Kentucky Initial Teaching Certification or statement of eligibility for candidates outside Kentucky
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) on 4.0 scale; minimum 3.0 GPA for graduate work

*See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

Out-of-state Applicants

Certified teachers outside Kentucky should be advised that we cannot guarantee the program will meet licensure, salary, advancement or other requirements in their state. As part of the admission process, we require a written statement confirming their interest in the program for personal development and that they understand the program is designed to meet Kentucky certification requirements only. For more information, please contact betty.hampton@louisville.edu.

If you live outside of the United States, be sure to view special requirements for international students.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselors at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

Start Your Application

The online classroom reading endorsement is a 15 credit hour program that can be completed over a year’s progression with 2 courses taken in the fall semester, 2 in the spring semester and 1 over the summer term.

The 5 required courses are offered in the order listed below. Courses are taught 100% online, with some courses accessed via webcam in interactive, synchronous sessions beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET or later, on specific weekdays.

Course List Hours
EDAP 610 Literacy Research and Theory 3
EDAP 636 Advanced Reading Methods P-12 3
EDAP 615 Measurement and Diagnosis of Literacy 3
EDAP 678 Language Knowledge and Acquisition 3
EDAP 642 Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences 3
Total 15


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    • Why do I need to complete the application for the master’s or Rank 1 program? I’m interested only in the endorsement.

      Due to the way the system is set up, you will need to complete your application as if applying to either a master’s degree or Rank I program. From there, you will select the endorsement of your choice.

    • Can I receive federal aid while pursuing this teaching endorsement?

      Unfortunately, federal aid is not available to students enrolled solely in the endorsement program. However, students also enrolled in a master’s degree program are eligible to receive financial aid. Visit the financial aid & tuition page for more information.

    • How does the CRE endorsement get attached to my teaching license after graduation?

      In order to add the P-12 Classroom Reading Endorsement to your teaching license, you have to pass a Praxis test. To find out more information or select the correct Praxis test for Kentucky, access the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) Praxis Test website at http://www.ets.org/praxis/ky/requirements. To view Praxis Test requirements for other states, visit: http://www.ets.org/praxis