ADD-ON CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is the Reading Endorsement Add-On Certification
Florida Department of Education requires that teachers who
want to teach reading at the secondary level be certified in
Reading. Teachers can be certified through the Reading
K-12 coverage or the Reading Endorsement Program (five
courses). To be certified, the teacher must complete the
Reading K-12 coverage or Reading Endorsement Program
and add it to his/her professional certificate.
What is required to get the Reading Endorsement?
There are five courses required for the Reading Endorsement.
Each of these courses is grounded in research that addresses
the five elements of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics,
fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. The courses also
the application of research-based reading instruction,
reading assessments, and the application and foundations of
Action research components will begin in Course 1 and be
integrated throughout all courses leading to the Reading
Demonstration of Accomplishment-Competency 5.
What are the courses that are required for the endorsement
as of July 1, 2012?
Competency 1 - Foundations of Reading Instruction
(Competency 1-Foundations in
Language and Cognition/ LETRS- prior to July 1, 2012)
Competency 2-Application of Research-Based Instructional
(Competency 2-Foundations of Research-Based Practices/FORPD-
prior to July 1, 2012)
Competency 3-Foundations of Assessment
(Competency 3-Foundations of Assessment- prior to July 1,
Competency 4-Foundations and Applications of Differentiated
(Competency 4/5-Foundations and Applications of
Differentiated Instruction- prior to July 1, 2012)
Competency 5-Demonstration of Accomplishment
(Competency 6-Practicum K-12 prior to July 1, 2012)
Why were changes made to the Reading Endorsement Program?
The reading endorsement course indicators were updated by
the Florida Department of Education. The updated courses
contain research conducted since the National Reading Panel
Report was published in 2000. The new courses have also
been aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
I have completed some of the competencies of the old Reading
Endorsement, but not all of them; how do I proceed?
If a teacher completed courses
under the old reading endorsement program, the courses will
count toward the new endorsement. After July 1, 2012,
additional courses that teachers complete will reflect the
new competencies and indicators. For example, if a teacher
has completed Competency 1, 2, and 3 under the old
endorsement, he/she will need to complete Competency 4 and
Competency 5 after July 1, 2012.
Do I still need courses if I completed Competency 1,
Competency 2, Competency 3 and Competency 4/5 under the old
Yes. If you have completed these
four courses, you need to complete the new Competency
5-Demonstration of Accomplishment as the final course.
What credit do I get for taking the Reading Endorsement
Each of the Reading Endorsement courses is worth 60
inservice points for a total of 300
points. Reading inservice points earned in a professional
certificate validity period can be “banked” for future use
in renewal of certificates. Under current banking rules,
teachers who hold a temporary certificate can “bank points”
toward their first professional renewal; teachers who
hold a professional certificate can “bank points”
until they need them.
Who is offering these courses?
All Reading Endorsement Components are offered free of
charge to Brevard County full-time teachers through
the School Board of Brevard County’s Professional
Learning and Development Office.
Are any of the reading courses online?
Competency 2, Competency 3, and Competency
4 are offered online through the North East Florida
Educational Consortium (NEFEC). There is a tuition fee for
the NEFEC courses. The web address to register:
PDA-ESE is offered in an online format and is coordinated by
FDLRS/East. For additional information contact:
Who is eligible to take the add-on certification courses?
The Reading Endorsement add-on certification is available to
teachers who currently hold or who are eligible for a
valid Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate based on
a Bachelor’s or higher degree and who are currently teaching
full-time. Participants must implement their training in
their own classrooms through assignments and case studies.
I teach in an elementary school. Do I need this
If you have an elementary certificate, you are not required
to obtain a Reading Endorsement. However, you may find the
endorsement beneficial to your teaching of reading in the
classroom. This program was developed to help teachers
acquire the appropriate skills and competencies to identify
reading problems very early and to provide for required
interventions and assistance to improve reading for all
I have a temporary certificate. Can I take the courses
required for the Reading Endorsement?
Candidates with temporary certificates must show proof of
eligibility for a Professional Certificate prior to the
district’s verification of completion of the program.
I started taking Reading Endorsement courses in another
county. Do I have to start all over again?
No. Your inservice credit earned in other school districts
may be applied to the reading endorsement program as long as
that credit was earned as part of an approved Add-on Reading
Endorsement Program. No partial course or component can be
transferred from another district to Brevard County.
I have a Master’s degree in Reading. Do I have to take
There are two ways to be certified in Florida in Reading.
One way is to hold a Master’s in Reading with at least 30
semester hours in specific courses in Reading laid out by
the Department of Education and to pass the Reading
Subject Area Exam. The other way is to complete a
state-approved five-course Reading Endorsement Program.
There are 15 specific required semester-hours-equivalent
hours in this program.
I have taken some college reading courses. Can I use these
for the Reading Endorsement?
College credit from an accredited institution of higher
education may be used to satisfy component (course)
requirements; these courses must match one of the Brevard
County Reading Endorsement Program courses and must
have been completed on or after January 1, 1998. Approved
three-semester hour college courses can be converted to
inservice points. An official college transcript must be
provided by the applicant to the Office of Professional
Learning and Development. An “automatic transfer list” is accessible on
the Professional Development web site. If the Reading course
is not listed there, send together: (1) a course description
from the college catalog and (2) the official transcript to
Dr. Jane Respess, Professional Learning and Development via courier.
How do I get information about the reading courses offered
To view and register for Reading Endorsement courses, log
into the Electronic Registrar Online (ERO). Sort the
Course Catalog Curriculum by Reading.
What are the Reading Banking rules?
If Reading credit is earned under a five-year, professional,
renewable certificate, DOE allows the “banking” of reading
Points for any reading courses taken may be banked if you
have enough credits for the renewal of your certificate
without using those reading credits. The reading credits
must be earned after January 1, 1998.
Reading credit is also “bankable” if it is earned on a
temporary certificate. However, if you hold a temporary
certificate, those earned and banked points MUST be
used in the first renewal of your professional
certificate and cannot be banked past that
Who do I contact for specific reading questions and
For scheduling questions, inservice record questions, or
Reading Endorsement Program requirements, email Lynn Conroy,
Professional Learning and Development.
To locate a Reading Endorsement Course, log into Electronic
Registrar Online (ERO) and search the Course Catalog
Curriculum by Reading.
For questions about applying for Reading Certification once
courses are completed, email Dinah Kramer, Certification.
For questions about transferring college credit to inservice
points in reading, email Dinah Kramer, Certification.