Master of Arts in Education


12 Hour Reading Core

In Ohio, teachers seeking the Intervention Specialist license and the Reading endorsment must complete the Ohio-mandated 12 hour reading core.  Early Childhood Education and Middle Childhood Education teachers should have completed this reading core with their initial license.

What is the Ohio Reading Core?

The Ohio reading core should include 12 credits of reading coursework, with at least one separate 3-semester hour course in the teaching of phonics.  Other coursework must cover knowledge and beliefs about reading; individual differences; reading difficulties; creating a literate environment; word identification; vocabulary and spelling; comprehension; study strategies; writing; assessment; communicating information about reading; and curriculum development.

While the specific courses may differ depending upon the college or university attended, Baldwin Wallace University undergraduates take the following courses to meet the Ohio 12 hour reading core:

Early Childhood Licensure     
EDU 204  Teaching of Phonics     
EDU 332  Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood Education 
EDU 333  Reading Instruction in Early Childhood Education 
EDU 334  Diagnostic and Remedial Reading Methods  

Middle Childhood Licensure
EDU 204  Teaching of Phonics
EDU 334  Diagnostic and Remedial Reading Methods
EDU 343  Reading Instruction in Middle Childhood Education
EDU 348  Reading in the Content Area

Enrollment Process for Teachers Who Need Ohio Reading Core Courses

The Education Division will review transcripts for all applicants applying for admission to the Mild/Moderate and Literacy programs to identify reading courses. If you are a teacher who needs to complete some or all of your reading hours, the Education Division will work with you to determine whether additional reading courses would be needed so that Ohio legislative code requirements for the Intervention Specialist license or Reading endorsement are met. 

Teachers may begin the Intervention Specialist and Reading programs without having all 12 hours of the Ohio reading core, but must complete them before applying for the new license or endorsement.

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