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Reading and Literacy for K-12 Reading Endorsement Certificate



The Graduate Reading Endorsement Certificate program is designed to meet the needs of teachers K-12 who want to increase their effectiveness in the teaching of reading and literacy. This program addresses the needs expressed by the Florida State Department of Education. The program provides teachers with the knowledge to support the reading development and achievement of students from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds; expand knowledge in reading assessment and methodologies; and develop research based, instructional practices which include oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension for students in the classroom and in intervention/remediation settings. Completion of the required 15 credit hours qualifies individuals with a current Florida teaching certificate to earn the Florida Reading Endorsement.

Special Notes

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Please visit the Department of Financial Aid for more information regarding eligibility.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Spring Term . . . . . December 1
Summer Term . . . April 15

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Lunetta Williams
Co-Director, Professor
(904) 620-2611
Building 57, Room 2214
Dr. Christian Winterbottom
Co-Director,Associate Professor
(904) 620-5329
Building 57, Room 2216

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Certification
      • Applicants must hold a valid teaching license/certificate from any U.S. state or international equivalent