What you can earn


1-5 Quarters

Credits earned




Time commitment

Part-time, Full-time (Summer)

The Reading Endorsement can help you advance your knowledge of literacy, provide you with specialized knowledge and skills to teach readers across a range of grade levels, and make you more marketable, among other benefits.

In 2023-2024 this endorsement is offered to current UW students and UW graduates only. MIT Candidates pursuing this endorsement will remain matriculated as UW graduate students. In-service teachers will register as NM (non-matriculated students).

What you'll learn

The Reading Endorsement in Washington is addressed through competencies focusing on: 

  • core knowledge about reading, writing, and students; 
  • instructional strategies; 
  • assessment and evaluation; 
  • professional leadership;

You will acquire this knowledge and skills through coursework and participation in a field experience. The competencies are met through coursework and the completion of supervised fieldwork. 

After graduation

Upon completion of this endorsement, you will have the tools to address students’ specific reading needs in diverse classrooms. Supported by evidence-based literacy instruction and data-driven interventions, you will be better equipped to become a reading professional, specialist or coach in K-12 classroom settings.    

Let's connect

Connect with an advisor 

For any questions about the program, contact Patricia Ferreyra, Endorsement Coordinator, at ferreyra@uw.edu.

For any questions about endorsement and certification requirements, contact Michael Nielsen, Certification Officer, at mnielsen@uw.edu


    The Reading Endorsement extends over multiple quarters, including the summer. 

    In addition to coursework taken during the academic year, Reading Endorsement Candidates are required to complete an 11-credit, 3-week summer experience that includes coursework and on-site supervised practicum experience. Course activities during the summer may be held with students at a school site or other on- or off-campus organizations.  

    • EDC&I 517: Early Literacy Development and Instruction - Year 1 (3 credits)
    • EDC&I 534: Reading Comprehension Instruction K-12 - Year 1 (4 credits)
    • EDC&I 530: Approaches to Literacy Instruction - Year 2 (4 credits)

    In the summer*, these courses must be taken together:

    • EDC&I 561: Methods of Reading Instruction (7 credits)
    • EDC&I 601: Seminar: Secondary Reading Supervised Practicum (4 credits)

    In addition to the courses above, students must choose one of the following elective courses:

    • EDC&I 507: Teaching and Learning Toward Intersectional Justice (3 credits)
    • EDC&I 528: Foundations of Language, Literacy & Culture (4 credits)
    • EDC&I 568: Youth Multiliteracies: Multimodality, Culture, and Identity (4 credits)
    • EDSPE 514: Fundamentals of Reading and Writing for Students with Disabilities (4 credits)
    • EDTEP 544: Differentiated Instruction (ELTEP and STR students) (3 credits)
    • EDC&I 548: ELL/ML Methods (4 credits)
    • EDC&I 545: Multilingual Socialization and Development (3 credits)
    • EDC&I 537: Classroom Discourse (3 credits)

    SPED-TEP students follow their own course sequence.

    *MIT students may join the program in the summer upon completion of their literacy course sequence in lieu of EDC&I 517, 534 and 530. 

    UW MIT graduates may join the program in the summer and take one elective course only if none of the elective courses were offered through your MIT program.


    There is a required practicum seminar where teachers continue to develop their practice teaching readers through peer support and reflection. The practicum experience is concurrent with coursework. 


    Upon completion of coursework and fieldwork, you must take the NES Test to meet all the endorsement requirements. You can register for the exam online at http://www.west.nesinc.com/

    Admission requirements and process


      Before beginning the registration process, we recommend reaching out or attending an information session. This will help us get to know you and make sure you have all the information and materials you need to get started on your application!


      Here is the link to the Summer 2024 intake form

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      Next steps

      Your materials will be manually assessed and checked into the application database. The Endorsement Coordinator will notify applicants about final status by early March.

      Costs and funding

        Estimated Costs and Funding

        If you are a current UW student, the required courses needed for this endorsement will be charged at the standard UW rate as part of your current tuition. There is no application fee or additional cost to complete the endorsement.

        The cost of completing the spring or summer coursework for current graduate students is $6,528 for WA state residents plus any registration, practicum and technology fees. Current graduate students register for classes as in previous quarters. Email Michael Nielsen at mnielsen@uw.edu if you are extending your program.

        The cost for non-matriculated students is approximately $7,062 + fees (see the Graduate and Professional Tuition Dashboard).

        The following information is for WA state K-12 teachers who want to complete the UW ELL/ML endorsement, and for those who are also applying for a tuition exemption as WA state employees. 



        If you are a K-12 teachers, you will most likely register as a "non-matriculated student" (NM). Start by accessing these resources:

        Please start with the emails or phone numbers shown below for clarifying questions.  


        Office of the University Registrar

        2nd Floor Schmitz Hall

        University of Washington

        Tuition Exemption Registration

        Box 355850

        Seattle, WA 98195-5950

        Fax: 206-616-3222

        Email: regoff@uw.edu

        Phone: (206) 543-8580

        For general questions about the logistics and contents of the ELL/ML Endorsement, reach out to Patricia Ferreyra at ferreyra@uw.edu.

        Registration for In-Service Teachers

        There are three steps to the process:

        Step 1: Register for NM status OR

        Fall-Spring Quarters (for students/teachers who are NOT requesting tuition exemption):

        (...or GNM with the College of Education only if you want to do a UW Graduate Program in the future and count your ELL/ML credits toward that degree. Note that the College of Education has its own process, which is not the same as for other UW graduate programs. For more information see: https://education.uw.edu/admissions/non-matriculated-and-graduate-non-matriculated-students)

        Summer Quarter (for students/teachers who are NOT requesting tuition exemption):


        WA State Employees who intend to apply as a first time or returning non-matriculated (not seeking a degree) students under the tuition exemption program must complete the online non-matriculated application for tuition exemption. There is a $80 non-refundable registration fee.

        Step 2: Complete Tuition Exemption Forms 

        The second step is to submit the Tuition Exemption Request form for WA State Employees: Washington State Tuition Exemption Request Form [UoW 1250].

        Application Deadline: Completed forms must be submitted no later than two (2) weeks or ten (10) business days before the first day of the quarter. In Summer 2024, the first day of the quarter is June 17. The first day of classes for the Reading Endorsement is July 8.

        Late Applications: Forms submitted after the deadline date are considered late. Students may have one late submission only; after which tuition exemption forms cannot be accepted.

        Step 3: Register for Classes

        The next step is to log into https://my.uw.edu and register for courses on the appropriate eligibility date. You will be prompted to enter edcodes. Email Patricia Ferreyra at ferreyra@uw.edu if you have not received the edcodes from the College by the time you are ready to register.


        Registration Eligibility Dates (see Registration Deadlines for more detailed information)

        Newly admitted students and returning former students (but NOT WA state employees doing tuition exemption) may register between May 16-June 16. Continuing students may register any day during this period..

        All non-UW Washington state employees register on the 4th day of the quarter (June 21 for summer). 

        WA state employees doing tuition exemption can begin registering on June 21 for Summer Quarter. See the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar. Scroll down to "Registration Deadlines" and then find "Registration for Tuition Exemption Program - WA state employees".

        Course enrollment is not permitted prior to the appropriate registration eligibility date for all courses when using a tuition exemption. This includes any additional courses even if they are not taken as tuition exempt. 

        Students registering before the assigned tuition exemption registration eligibility date will not be permitted to convert to the tuition exemption program, and will be required to pay regular tuition for all registered credits. Course Adds are not accepted after the third week of the quarter.