Accredited Online Coursework
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 I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the purpose of the Title I 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 from VCSU.
EDUC 431 is a sixty-hour field experience in which a student is placed with a certified Title I teacher in an elementary school setting.
Adding the Endorsement to a Teaching License
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.
Title I Reading Credential
1. Hold a valid North Dakota educator's professional license.
2. Have a major or endorsement in elementary education.
3. Complete the following courses:
EDUC 375 Teaching Reading in the Content Area
EDUC 430 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
EDUC 431 Practicum in Corrective Reading (Elementary)
4. Complete a minimum of eight semester hours in no fewer than three courses. The coursework must consist of no more than two classes from each of the following areas:
EDUC 310 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDUC 313 Language & Literacy in Early Childhood Education
Research & Literature in Reading/Language Arts
EDUC 321 Foundation of Reading Instruction
EDUC 323 Methods of Reading in the Elementary School
EDUC 330 Children's Literature
EDUC 240 Educating Exceptional Students
EDUC 340 Learning Disabilities