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School of Education and Human Development

Reading Teacher Endorsement Program

CU Denver's Reading Teacher endorsement program is designed for currently licensed teachers who already hold a master's degree in education and seek to enhance their literacy instruction skills and credentials, whether in the classroom or in coaching and reading recovery contexts.

The endorsement program is part of our Literacy, Language and Culturally Responsive Teaching Program. It consists of nine courses with specific course plans for elementary or secondary teachers. The endorsements may generally be completed within two years, and is designed to fit around your professional teaching hours. Clinical experience required for the program can often be completed in your own school classroom.

Those who complete the program, pass the PLACE Exam for Reading Teacher, can show documentation of a prior master's in education, and have two or more years of licensed teaching experience, may apply to the Colorado Department of Education for the added endorsement.

If you are a licensed teacher but do not yet have a master's in education, you may pursue both the degree and the endorsement with CU Denver. Please select Elementary Reading and Writing (if you hold an elementary license) or Secondary Reading and Writing (if you hold a secondary license) to learn more.

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Detailed application requirements and materials are available.

For more information on the endorsement program, contact the Student Services Center at or 303-315-6300. ​

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