What is Reading Endorsement?
- Reading Endorsement is an add-on credential for certified, Florida teachers. This credential spans grade levels kindergarten through grade 12 and indicates that the teacher is knowledgeable on the instruction and intervention of reading for students across that grade-level span.
Why do I need Reading Endorsement?
- According to Florida Statutes 1011.62(9) and 1008.25(7), there are three scenarios in which a teacher must be endorsed in reading:
- The teacher teaches reading to third grade retained student at any tier of instruction.
- The teacher teaches Summer Reading Camp to third-grade students.
- The teacher teaches an intensive intervention in reading to students in any grade level (K-12).
Options for Receiving the Reading Endorsement
1. Complete Marion County’s Endorsement Plan (details below).
2. If you graduated with your undergraduate degree from a state-approved, Florida teacher preparation program between 2006 and July 1, 2010, in the following major areas:
- Elementary Education
- Prekindergarten and Primary Education
- Exceptional Student Education
Have your transcripts reviewed at the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and if all coursework is completed, an endorsement can be issued. You can submit for transcript review by applying for reading endorsement on the FLDOE Certification Site.
There is a fee of $75 to apply, but if you have outstanding courses and complete them within three years, you will not need to pay a second time to add the endorsement.
If you graduated with your undergraduate degree in the above major areas from an approved program after July 1, 2010, you may have credit towards endorsement on your college transcript. Please send your transcript to Dianna Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of Florida state-approved teacher preparation programs please visit the State-Approved Teacher Preparation Program List.
3. PDA-ESE Differentiating Reading Instruction for Students: Making it Explicit (Reading Endorsement Competency 4) is also offered by FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System) and accepted by Marion County to fulfill Reading Endorsement requirements. FDLRS can be reached by phone: (352)671-6051 or online at the FDLRS Website.
4. As of Fall 2019, teachers may apply for their Reading Endorsement upon passing the FTCE Reading K-12 exam. Additional details are located on the FTCE Testing Webpage.
The Schultz Center offers courses for Reading Endorsement that are accepted by Marion County to fulfill Reading Endorsement requirements. Course events and registration information through the Schultz Center can be found at The Schultz Center Reading Webpage. If you choose to sign up for Reading Endorsement courses through Schultz there is a cost of $185 per course.
NEFEC (North East Florida Educational Consortium) also offers courses for Reading Endorsement that are accepted by Marion County to fulfill Reading Endorsement requirements. Course events and registration information through NEFEC can be found on the NEFEC Website. If you choose to sign up for Reading Endorsement courses through NEFEC there is a cost of $300 per course.
As there are cost-free options offered through Marion County Public Schools and Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System (FDLRS), you would bear the full responsibility for all costs associated with these offerings.
5. The LETRS program (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is a two-year professional development program on the science of reading and reading instruction and intervention. Participants must complete the full program to earn their Reading Endorsement. This opportunity is not available each semester.
Marion County’s Reading Endorsement Process
The MCPS Reading Endorsement Competencies are offered to instructional personnel that hold a valid teaching certificate. Our district is now offering all five Reading Endorsement Competencies. There are a variety of options for taking Reading Endorsement Competencies described below.
More Information about the Reading Endorsement Process
- To register for MCPS Reading Endorsement competencies access the MCPS professional learning system (True North Logic), enter the course and section number, and enroll in the course.
- Facilitators will be contacting enrolled participants in advance through the MCPS email system with detailed procedures to begin the course.
- Competencies 1-3 are online courses. All 60 hours will be spent in an online course. Competencies 4 and 5 are hybrid courses. In addition to online work, participants are required to attend five, 2-hour face-to-face sessions. Dates and times will be provided at the time of registration.
- Competencies 1, 2, and 3 can be taken in any order. Once these courses have been successfully completed participants can take Competency 4. Competency 5 must be taken last.
- Competencies 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are offered in the fall, summer, and winter semesters.
- Upon satisfactory completion of each Reading Endorsement competency, a survey will be distributed to participants after the course is closed. Once the survey is completed by the participant, the course credit will appear on the participant’s True North Logic (TNL) transcript. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure the survey is complete and the points are accurate on their transcript. Once all five competencies appear on the participant’s transcript totaling 300 hours of in-services credit, the participant may apply for an endorsement on the FLDOE certification website.
The following paperwork and payment fee to add the endorsement to your certificate must be submitted to Dianna Thompson in Employment Services:
- The Certification Application Payroll Deduction Authorization Form must be sent to ESD Certification once the certification application for “Addition of Endorsement via District Application” has been submitted online at the FLDOE Certification Website.