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Reading K-8

Reading Endorsement K-8 grades

Student Information

Reading Endorsement courses are designed for currently certified Education teachers. Teachers can add the Reading Endorsement to their current teaching certificate by taking the following Rio Salado College courses.

Arizona Department of Education Requirements

  • A valid Arizona Elementary, Early Childhood or Special Education certificate.
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience (Coursework may be taken during the three years of work experience).

Get Started

Reading is a critical component of a child's academic success. Rio Salado College can help provide you with the skills you need to be successful in teaching reading.

  • Must call Rio Salado College to register for Endorsement courses at 480-517-8580.
  • Must provide proof of a bachelor's degree or teaching certificate before registering.
  • Read about the in-person requirements of this program.
  • Read about endorsements and certifications at the Arizona Department of Education.


Option A

Below are Rio Salado courses that meet the requirements for Option A.

Reading Endorsement K-8 grades Option A – 24 credits
Prerequisite: Valid Elementary, Special Education, or Early Childhood Teaching Certificate
Course Course Title Credits
EPD270* Theoretical and Research Foundations of Language and Literacy 3
EPD271AA* Essential Elements of Elementary Reading and Writing Instruction K-8 3
EPD272AA* Elements of Elementary Content Area Reading and Writing K-8
EPD274* Reading Assessment  6
EPD276* The Teacher Leader  3
ENH291 Children's Literature 3
EPD277AA* Reading Field Experience K-8 3
Total 24
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites, Formal Application required 3 classes prior to enrolling in the Field Experience.

Option B

*Please note: In order to be eligible for Option B you must have a School District support your Field Experience.  All students must take and pass the Arizona Educator Exam AEPA and submit the Reading Endorsement Internship Application for acceptance.
  1. A passing score on the Reading Endorsement Subject Knowledge portion (46) of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) or NES for grades K – 8.
  2. Supervised field experience or practicum in reading K-8 grades
Below are Rio Salado courses that meet the requirements for Option B.
Reading Endorsement K-8 grades Option B
Course Course Title Credits
EPD277AA* Reading Field Experience K-8                                                                             
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites