Master of Arts in Education

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Below are the course sequences for the Reading Endorsement:

On-Campus sequence

Online sequence

The K-12 Reading Endorsement meets the requirements for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

MAEd with Specialization in Literacy


BW's K-12 Reading Endorsement is the credential called for in Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Literacy is at the heart of learning in all disciplines for students at every grade level. At BW, teachers master a complex and carefully balanced mix of professional knowledge and skills to open the world of language, ideas and opportunities for their students through the written word.

Examine the developmental stages of reading and writing, with focus on evaluation methods and instructional approaches, diagnostic and corrective reading methods, research in literacy education, and a survey of child and adolescent literature.  Develop strategies to teach literacy more effectively, enhancing student achievement.  Provide more effective instruction to help students improve on state achievement tests. Respond effectively to national concerns about the literacy achievement gap between students at higher and lower socioeconomic levels. 

Program Features:

Teachers will earn the Ohio K-12 Reading Endorsement.  This endorsement meets Ohio's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements.  The endorsement positions teachers to assess, plan for, and implement programs that increase students' literacy skills.  Teachers will have the credential and knowledge and skills needed to provide the intensive instruction for struggling students that is called for in the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

A one-course waiver option may be available for reading endorsement applicants who hold an Early Childhood License in Ohio. 

The Master's Degree increases career options.  The reading endorsement prepares teachers for positions as school literacy consultants.  With additional coursework, teachers can complete BW's MAEd.  The MAEd is also a starting point for a Literacy Specialist Endorsement, a post-master's credential with additional leadership possibilities.

The program includes 100 hours of field experience, including a practicum in which students work with children who have been referred for reading difficulties, evaluating, planning and implementing remedial programs for them.

Successful completion of the required licensure exam(s) is required for endorsement eligibility. 

Prerequisite Undergraduate Courses

Teachers seeking the Reading Endorsement must have completed specific undergraduate reading courses prior to registering for courses in the literacy specialization including a course in the teaching of phonics.   Baldwin Wallace will help teachers determine which undergraduate courses are needed.

Teachers Adding the Reading Endorsement

Teachers may add the Reading Endorsement to an existing license without completing an entire master's degree.  

The Advanced Practice Minor

An Advanced Practice Minor in Literacy gives teachers of all subjects and grade levels a set of tools to increase their students' learning potential.

License+Master's Program - Earning Your Initial Teaching License

The Literacy specialization may be selected as part of the License+Master's Program.  License+Master’s students should plan additional time to complete their program due to undergraduate course and clinical requirements.

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