The Title I reading credential program is intended for students pursuing a major, or professionals with a current endorsement, in elementary education. Based on Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the purpose of the Title 1 credential is to put qualified teachers in the field to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments (U.S. Department of Education).
All coursework leading to the Title I Reading Credential is offered online.
The courses completed within the Title I Reading Credential are listed on the VCSU transcript, however the credential is not specifically listed like a minor or major. To obtain the actual reading credential, students make application to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) after graduation and attainment of their initial North Dakota license for elementary teaching. The credential, along with a valid teaching license, is the minimum requirement necessary to work in a Title I reading program in a North Dakota school setting. Credential and teacher licensure requirements vary by state.