Quick Facts

  • 12 credits for a certificate of completion or 24 credits for an endorsement
  • One year
  • Flexible scheduling and delivery options
  • Can be completed fully online

Are you a licensed PreK-12 teacher who wants to develop literacy instructional practices for all learners? ReadOregon is fully online and integrates research, emerging technologies, and best practices for reading and writing across all courses. Earn a literacy endorsement or certificate of completion!

Earn the endorsement by taking a course from each theme (Literacy Foundations, Strategies & Methods, Diverse Learners, Assessment, Leadership) and two electives, completing a practicum that you can do in your classroom, and taking the reading specialist Praxis. Earn the certificate by completing 12 credits from four themes, then conclude with the practicum. After completing ReadOregon, we will submit paperwork to Oregon’s TSPC to add the credential to your teaching license. 


Jason Ranker
Program Coordinator


Elizabeth Snyder
Admissions Advisor

Program Benefits

  • Acquire a deeper understanding of literacy theories and research
  • Learn methods for using emerging technologies to support students’ reading and writing development
  • Earn credentials that can be used to advance your career
  • Receive a salary increase if you complete the ReadOregon program as part of the MA/MS degree
  • Effectively prepare your students for academic, career, and life success

Program Specifics

  • Can be fully completed online
  • Offers multiple course tracks and flexible scheduling options
  • Includes a 24-credit endorsement track and a 12-credit certificate of completion track
  • You have up to seven years to complete the ReadOregon program. Courses older than seven years will not be counted.
  • Admits every term.

About the program

If you are a licensed teacher, the ReadOregon program offers you an opportunity to earn a reading endorsement that can be added to your current Oregon teaching license or a 12-credit reading certificate of completion that can be added to your resume. All courses are available online, so you can complete the program without ever having to set foot on campus! Since courses are aligned to the International Literacy Association’s most recent standards and integrate emerging technologies designed for PreK-12 classrooms, the ReadOregon curriculum  is steeped in strategies, research, and tools that you can apply immediately to your instruction in all grade levels and content areas. ReadOregon courses, organized by five themes along with two electives (shown in the table below), build upon each other in order to prepare you to have a successful practicum experience.

1. Literacy Foundations READ 503: Foundations of Literacy Instruction
2. Strategies & Methods CI 510: Literacy Practices for Today’s Learners
3. Diverse Learners READ 551: Literacy Instruction for Special Needs Students
4. Assessment READ 534: Classroom Reading and Writing Assessment
5. Leadership READ 580: School Reading Program Leadership
6. Practicum READ 509: ReadOregon Practicum
Electives Rotating electives

Foundations is the first theme and introduces you to seminal literacy theories, research, and strategies. Learn what it means to “transact” with a text and develop instructional practices to provide that experience to your students. Read the works of great thinkers in the field and consider the role that literacy plays in preparing students to be successful in college, career, and civic life. Building this foundational knowledge will pave the way for your success as you continue in the program.
ReadOregon’s second theme, Strategies & Methods, specifically focuses on the techniques, practices, and routines for developing PreK-12 students’ reading and writing skills using both paper-based and digital tools. As there are many ways to improve students’ literacy skills, the multiple methods studied in this class can be customized to your specific instructional context. By completing the foundations course, you will have the knowledge needed to not only apply the strategy, practice, or routine, but also validate them using peer-reviewed research. The next theme continues to develop your professional thinking as you consider how to best serve a wide array of students.
Literacy for Diverse Learners is ReadOregon’s third theme. Skills for differentiating instruction, using data to inform practice, and knowledge of how multiple learning abilities’ impact literacy are the theme’s cornerstones. Learn strategies and use assistive technologies to support students’ with disabilities in their literacy development. In addition, you will understand dyslexia and its impact on the reading and writing processes.
The fourth theme, Assessment, is designed to highlight how multiple types of assessment - diagnostic, formative, and summative - can be used to first identify students’ current reading and writing skills before planning and implementing instruction. Learn how to design and use a variety of formative assessments to gather data about student learning that is “in progress” and use that data to inform your instruction. Create a larger, summative assessment that captures student learning after they complete an instructional unit.
The final theme, Leadership, demonstrates how you can be a literacy leader who is actively engaged in your school, local, state, and national communities. Understand how the ability to read and write can be seen as a civil right and a topic of equity that must be addressed. Discuss why political action has been required to make policy changes to reframe literacy from a “tested” skill to a life enhancer.

In addition to the thematic courses, take at least two elective courses, offered throughout the academic year and during the summer terms, that focus on a wide variety of topics that include young adult and multicultural literature, strategies for engaging specific populations, the evolution of written language, and technologies for literacy development. 
After completing the coursework tied to the themes and electives, you will be prepared for a successful practicum. The practicum course of weekly modules is a 90-hour experience where you will implement your learning from the themes in an actual classroom. Demonstrate your knowledge of literacy through your instruction and by creating a digital portfolio. At different points in the practicum, your university supervisor will visit with you, observe a lesson, and provide feedback, all done virtually. Since the portfolio is embedded within the weekly modules and each module revisits one of ReadOregon’s main themes, you will complete the portfolio by identifying an artifact related to each theme and explain its connection.
By design, the ReadOregon program offers you a rich professional development opportunity in literacy instruction, assessment, research, and theory. You may transfer up to two 3-credit courses to substitute for ReadOregon courses, pending the Program Coordinator’s approval. To support your progression through the program, you may choose from two tracks of course offerings, thus resulting in two ReadOregon courses being available each term. Though there is no requirement to complete the courses in sequential order, it is highly suggested that you complete them in that way because the themes are designed to build on each other as a lead-up to the practicum.

Our graduates

Advance your career, build practical skills for the classroom, and enrich your knowledge of reading, literacy, and learning. As a graduate of ReadOregon, you will be qualified to become a reading specialist, literacy coach, consultant, and district-level reading and language arts coordinator.

Why PSU?

Portland State University’s College of Education is uniquely qualified to offer the ReadOregon program, as it is accredited through both the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the state’s Teacher and Standards Practices Commission. All instructors have graduate degrees and practical experience that they use in their instruction, making the learning opportunities they provide relevant and authentic. Their deep commitment to equity, diversity, cultural competence, and inclusivity results in a high-quality program that uses practical technologies, constructivist teaching methods, and caring approaches to deliver a professional development experience suited to your needs.