Adolescent Literacy: State Offers Specialized Certification/Endorsement in Adolescent Literacy for Content Area Teachers


Adolescent Literacy: State Offers Specialized Certification/Endorsement in Adolescent Literacy for Content Area Teachers

Reading difficulties at the upper elementary and secondary grades may be beyond what traditional content area teachers are able to address.  A specialized certification/endorsement may provide a teacher with the tools to diagnose and respond to an adolescent learner's specific literacy needs.

Why does it matter?

  • Specialized training allows teachers not only to pick up on a student's reading difficulties, but also to catch the teacher or the teaching methods that might be contributing to the problem.
  • Highlights:

  • Only one state, Florida, has a specialized certification/endorsement in adolescent literacy.

    Methodology: The information was collected from state statutes, recently enacted legislation (session laws), and rules and regulations. Where necessary, statewide initiatives created outside of policy were collected from state agencies. The information will be updated as changes occur.

    Sources for all data points are available through this link.

    Last updated: June 2008

    Research was conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303-299-3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.



State offers specialized certification/endorsement in adolescent literacy for content area teachers
Alabama

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida Yes, while the reading endorsement covers grades K-12 it is specifically targeted at the needs of teachers serving middle and high school students in need of intervention.  In addition, Content Area Reading Professional Development (CAR-PD) is targeted at improving the literacy instruction - specifically vocabulary and comprehension - of middle and high school content area teachers.
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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